TEA to provide weighted funding for Computer Science

By Christian Bazán
Students in a Texas high school Computer Science classroom

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released guidance to school district administrators on January 17th, notifying districts that three Computer Science courses will now receive weighted funding through their Career and Technical Education (CTE) allotment based on enrollment in the 2018-19 school year. These courses are:

  • Fundamentals of Computer Science 03580140
  • Computer Science I 03580200
  • AP Computer Science Principles A3580300

The Texas CS Task Force’s report, “Preparing Texas Students for the Cyber Economy”, recommended several updates to the policies governing CS education - among them the addition of these three CS courses to CTE. WeTeach_CS and CS4TX would like to thank all of the educators and ambassadors who have been advocating for these changes.

Further details can be found here, and the body of TEA’s announcement follows:

"HB 3593, passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, added Texas Education Code §28.002(f)(2), to require that the State Board of Education (SBOE), approve courses in cybersecurity for credit for high school graduation. HB 3593 also added TEC, §28.025(c)(10), to require that the SBOE adopt or select five technology applications courses on cybersecurity to be included in a cybersecurity pathway for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) endorsement.
HB 3593 permits school districts to receive weighted funding for students who enroll in technology applications courses on cybersecurity that are included in the cybersecurity pathway. The SBOE will complete the rulemaking process to identify the courses for the cybersecurity pathway prior to the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
The finalized payment of additional weighted funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) full-time equivalents (FTEs) will occur after the completion of the 2018-2019 school year, as part of the “Near-Final” settle-up of the Summary of Finances.
In order for a district to receive weighted funding for these additional courses, the district must report CTE attendance contact hours for students enrolled in the courses for the 2018-2019 school year.
If you have questions related to high school courses, please contact the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division by email at curriculum@tea.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-9581. If you have questions regarding weighted funding, please contact the State Funding Division by email at sfinance@tea.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-9238. Please submit questions regarding the TSDS PEIMS submission requirements to the TSDS Incident Management System (TIMS), which is available within the TSDS portal.”

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Christian Bazán is the Communications Coordinator for the STEM Center.