The CCMR Outcomes Bonus

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In 2019, the state legislature passed House Bill 3, the school finance bill. Among other items, the bill allocates funding to improve college, career, and military readiness for all students. This funding is known as the CCMR Outcomes Bonus.

The CCMR Outcomes Bonus allows districts to earn funds for preparing students for college, careers, or the military. The goal is to improve CCMR for all students and ensure equity among economically disadvantaged students, non-economically disadvantaged students, and students in special education programs.

Awards are based on performance indicators that vary depending on the distinction area. Examples include SAT and ACT participation rates, attendance rates, STAAR performance, and graduation rates.  

CCMR Outcomes Bonus Funding

The CCMR Outcomes Bonus is paid annually to districts whose graduates exceed a certain percentage threshold in these three groups:

  • Economically disadvantaged: $5,000 for each student achieving above a threshold
  • Non-economically disadvantaged: $3,000 for each above a threshold 
  • Special education: $2,000 for each graduate enrolled in special education

Note: Special education students count toward either economically disadvantaged or non-economically disadvantaged as well.

CCMR Outcomes Bonuses use a more rigorous standard than that of the accountability system.

For a student to qualify under the College Readiness category, they must: 

  • Score above the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) criteria on either the SAT, ACT, or TSI Assessment (TSIA) in reading and math and
  • Hold an associate degree before high school graduation or be enrolled in college by the fall immediately after high school graduation 

For a student to qualify under the Career Readiness category, they must:

  • Score above the TSI criteria on the SAT, ACT, or TSIA in reading and math and 
  • Hold an industry-based certification, a Level I certificate, or a Level II certificate 

For a student to qualify under the Military Readiness category, they must

  • Achieve a passing score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and 
  • Enlist in the US armed forces after graduation

Data Used for CCMR Outcomes Funding Calculations

CCMR Outcomes Bonus funding uses data from the National Student Clearinghouse, PEIMS submissions, THECB postsecondary enrollment, and military enlistment. Funding for 2019–2020 will be calculated using each district’s 2017–2018 data. HB 3 also requires each school's board of trustees to develop and post CCMR plans that set specific goals annually.

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