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The mission of CIS is "To champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life." The slogan through the State Office for all CIS affiliates is "Helping Students Stay in School and Prepare for Life."
The goal of CIS is to help students achieve success by staying in school and preparing for life. To accomplish this goal, CIS helps students improve in academics, attendance, and behavior, promote to the next grade, graduate and achieve post secondary goals. The Texas Legislature hold the Agency accountable for implementing the CIS program and assuring that the needed services reach the identified population and that performance goals are met.
Because CIS is funded with state and federal funds, the program is accountable to the legislature for the use of the funds. The legislature requires performance measures that demonstrate the success, effectiveness and efficiency of the program. To address these areas, CIS reports performance measures in four categories: Outcome, Output, Explanatory and Efficiency.
Outcome measures are the percent of case managed CIS students that remain in school. Output measures are the number of case managed students participating in CIS statewide. Explanatory measure is the percent of school districts with campuses participating in the CIS program. Efficiency measure is the average state cost per CIS participant.
Communities In Schools believes that every child needs and deserves these "Five basics":
- A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
- A safe place to learn and grow
- A healthy start and a healthy future
- A marketable skill to use upon graduation
- A chance to give back to peers and community
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