November 30, 2010
SUBJECT: Texas College Preparation Program – Grade 11 College Entrance Examinations
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is pleased to announce the availability of state-funded college entrance examinations for current 11th grade public and home-schooled students as part of the 2010-2011 Texas College Preparation Program (TCPP).
Funding is available for the 2010-2011 school year that allows approximately 60 percent of 11th grade students who are home schooled or enrolled in a local Texas public school district or charter school the opportunity to take one college entrance examination in late spring or early summer 2011 at the state’s expense. Students may register for either the ACT or the SAT, and the state will pay the cost of their regular registration fees to the extent that funding is available. Eligible test administration dates are as follows:
Students must obtain a test voucher in order to register for a state-funded exam. Public and charter school students must obtain a voucher at their local high school. Home-schooled students may request a voucher from TEA by sending an e-mail request to CollegePrepProgram@tea.state.tx.us
In early January, vouchers for public school students will be delivered to the office of each superintendent for distribution through local high schools. Please note that the vouchers need to be kept in a secure location and access to them needs to be monitored and limited.
In order to ensure proper security and distribution of these vouchers, training for your district and campus TCPP coordinators will be provided via TETN at the following dates and times:
- Thursday, December 9; 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
- Monday, December 13; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Completion of this training by all staff members with voucher distribution responsibility is crucial to the successful implementation of the TCPP program. The training slides are also available online at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=8292
. In addition, several tools are available to assist districts in the implementation of this program, including sample voucher rosters to help assure the security of the vouchers and sample student/parent correspondence about the opportunity.
Grade 11 college entrance examination vouchers are just one part of the TCPP which also provides opportunities for Texas public school districts to participate in certain college readiness assessments and receive appropriate assessment data and professional development to assist them in using the data for improving instruction. The Texas Education Code (TEC) §39.0261 provides for districts and charter schools to administer, at state cost, college preparation assessments at grades 8 and 10 and for students in grade 11 to choose to take one college entrance examination at state cost.
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