HB 5 makes changes to high school requirements

The high school graduation program will undergo changes in accordance with House Bill 5 passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature this year. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released a draft of the rules in October to be considered in the November meeting of the State Board of Education (SBOE) following input gathered from public commentary by State Board members. Ruben Cortez, Jr. SBOE District 2 representative recently held a forum at PSJA Southwest Early College High School seeking input from teachers and school administrators. Final vote on the measure will take place in January 2014.
The new graduation program will apply to students entering Grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year. The program includes a provision that requires students to declare in writing an endorsement choice upon entering the ninth grade. The endorsement categories include: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Business and Industry; Public Services; Arts and Humanities; and a Multidisciplinary path.
Engaging Communities in College and Career Readiness (ENCORE) will be partnering with school districts to offer information sessions for parents on House Bill 5 and its impact on their children’s plan for graduation. The sessions will focus on parents knowing the main points of the law, understanding the endorsement choices available under the new program, and planning for their children’s graduation pathway in collaboration with school personnel.
For more information, please contact Dann Garcia, Senior Vice President for ENCORE at dgarcia@tvcof.org.

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