S.B. No. 1538
  relating to evaluating the performance, including computing
  dropout and completion rates, of public schools designated as
  dropout recovery schools.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 39, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 39.0545 to read as follows:
  (a)  For purposes of evaluating performance under Section
  39.053(c), the commissioner shall designate as a dropout recovery
  school a school district or an open-enrollment charter school or a
  campus of a district or of an open-enrollment charter school:
               (1)  that serves students in grades 9 through 12 and has
  an enrollment of which at least 50 percent of the students are 17
  years of age or older as of September 1 of the school year as
  reported for the fall semester Public Education Information
  Management System (PEIMS) submission; and
               (2)  that meets the eligibility requirements for and is
  registered under alternative education accountability procedures
  adopted by the commissioner.
         (b)  Notwithstanding Section 39.053(c)(2), the commissioner
  shall use the alternative completion rate under this subsection to
  determine the student achievement indicator under Section
  39.053(c)(2) for a dropout recovery school. The alternative
  completion rate shall be the ratio of the total number of students
  who graduate, continue attending school into the next academic
  year, or receive a high school equivalency certificate to the total
  number of students in the longitudinal cohort of students.
         (c)  Notwithstanding Section 39.053(c)(2), in determining
  the performance rating under Section 39.054 of a dropout recovery
  school, the commissioner shall include any student described by
  Section 39.053(g-1) who graduates or receives a high school
  equivalency certificate.
         (d)  For a dropout recovery school, only the best result from
  the primary administration and any retake of an assessment
  instrument administered to a student in the school year evaluated
  under the accountability procedures adopted by the commissioner may
  be considered in determining the performance rating of the school
  under Section 39.054.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2013-2014
  school year.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1538 passed the Senate on
  April 9, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1538 passed the House on
  May 8, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 1, one present
  not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House