House Bill 5 (HB 5) was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, making a number of changes to the state’s curriculum and graduation requirements, assessment program, and accountability system. The new graduation requirements took effect for those students going into 9th grade during the 2014-2015 school year. Those in 10th, 11th, & 12th grades will finish up with their original graduation programs. HB 5 restructured the state’s graduation requirements, moving from the “4x4” graduation plan to a 22-credit Foundation High School Program that allows students to darn endorsements in specific areas of study by completing four additional credcits. The endorsements include STEM, business and industry, public service, arts & humanities, and multidisciplinary studies. Regardless of graduation programs, all students in Grades 9-12 will be required to pass the End-Of-Course (EOC) assessments foro English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U. S. History.
House Bill 5 – Graduation Requirements
The Foundation High School Program (HSP) is similar to the Minimum HSP from previous years with the following differences: