House Bill 5 Information and Graduation Requirements

House Bill 5 Information and Graduation Requirements

Under a recent law passed by the Texas State Legislature, Texas high school graduation plans will look a little different for students entering the 9th grade in the 2014-15 school year and beyond. Students will now have the opportunity to select from five different endorsements, which will allow them to personalize their graduation plan to fit their interest and future goals.


What’s an Endorsement?

Think of selecting one or more endorsements as choosing a college major. It’s an area of study in which your student has an interest  in and/or aptitude. Being able to focus in these areas will personalize learning, tell your child’s “story” more effectively on their transcripts, and give them specific direction for higher education, workforce training, and eventually, a profession.


Why are students being pushed into a career pathway?

Studies have shown that students with career goals are 16% more likely to graduate from high school. In the same studies, it is shown that students with CTE courses are 30% more likely to graduate high school. Out of both of these groups, students with clearly defined career goals are more likely to persist in college and attain jobs in their chosen professions.


How does HB 5 affect testing requirements?

Passing Algebra, English I, English II, U.S. History, and Biology End of Course Exams are required for graduation.  The bill also requires the English assessments to be a combined reading and writing assessment given on one day for one score.  House Bill 5 has eliminated the 15% grade and cumulative score requirements, and provides for annual release of STAAR assessments.


How does House Bill 5 affect graduation requirements?

HB 5 creates one diploma that affords all students a variety of postsecondary education and workforce opportunities.


Students may earn an endorsement in one of five areas:

 • Business & Industry

 • Arts & Humanities


 • Public Services

 • Multi-Disciplinary


The bill also creates a distinguished level of performance. To earn the distinguished level, students must complete an endorsement, Algebra II, and a scale score on an AP test, 18 exams, SAT, ACT, or another nationally recognized assessment.


The bill also creates a distinguished level of achievement.  To earn the distinguished level of achievement, students must successfully complete an endorsement, Algebra II, as well as four credits in science and mathematics.  A performance acknowledgement may be earned on the student’s diploma and transcript for outstanding performance in a dual credit course, in bilingualism and biliteracy, on a College Board Advanced Placement test or International Baccalaureate examination, on the PSAT, the ACT-PLAN, the SAT, or the ACT, or earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license.



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