HB5

Overview

In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature established the new Foundation High School Program as the default high school graduation program for all students entering high school beginning in 2014-2015. The State Board of Education in January 2014 adopted rules related to the new Foundation High School Program.

House Bill (HB) 5 required the commissioner of education to adopt a transition plan to implement HB 5 and replace the Minimum High School Program (MHSP), Recommended High School Program (RHSP), and Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) with the Foundation High School Program beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. These rules allow students who entered high school before the 2014-2015 school year the option to graduate under the new Foundation High School Program.

download1682House Bill 5: Foundation High School Program

Changes for Junior High School Students

Students will take the following grade-level STAAR tests in Reading, Math, Writing, Science and Social Studies.

Grade 7: Reading, Math and Writing

Grade 8: Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies

Students who take Algebra I as an eighth grader are only required to take the Algebra I end of course (EOC) exam this year.  Junior High students taking Algebra I will not be required to take the grade-level STAAR math assessment in addition to the Algebra I EOC.

Changes for High School Students

Entering ninth graders in 2014-2015 will enter under the new 26-credit plan with an Endorsement.

In order to graduate high school, high school students must pass the following STAAR end of course exams:

EOC – English I

EOC – English II

EOC – Algebra I

EOC – Biology

EOC – History

STEM, Business & Industry, Arts and Humanities, Public Services, and Multi-Disciplinary endorsements will help create a personalized learning plan in line with the student’s career interests and goals.

Students enrolled in high school prior to the 2014-2015 school year can elect to graduate under the new Foundation Plan if that decision is made during the 2014-2015 school year.

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