Defining At-Risk Youth

A student at-risk of dropping out of school is one who is under age 21 and who meets one or more of the following criteria: 


1) is in prekindergarten, kindergarten or grades 1, 2, or 3 and did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year; 


2) is in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 and did not maintain an average equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100 in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum (language arts, math, science, and social studies) during a semester in the preceding or current school year or is not maintaining such an average in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum in the current semester; 


3) was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years; 


4) did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under Texas Education Code (TEC) Subchapter B, Chapter 39, and who has not in the previous or current school year subsequently performed on that instrument or another appropriate instrument at a level equal to at least 110 percent of the level of satisfactory performance on that instrument; 


5) is pregnant or a parent; 


6) has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with TEC §37.006 during the preceding or current school year; 


7) has been expelled in accordance with TEC §37.007 during the preceding or current school year; 


8) is currently on parole, probation, deferred prosecution or other conditional release; 


9) was previously reported through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) to have dropped out of school; 


10) is of limited English proficiency, as defined by TEC §29.052; 


11) is in the custody or care of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or has, during the current school year, been referred to the department by a school official, officer of the juvenile court, or law enforcement official; 


12) is homeless, as defined by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Title X, Part C, Section 725(2), the term "homeless children and youths," and its subsequent amendments; or, 


13) resided in the preceding school year or resides in the current school year in a residential placement facility in the district, including a detention facility, substance abuse treatment facility, emergency shelter, psychiatric hospital, halfway house, or foster group home. 


[Source: 2007-2008 PEIMS Data Standards]