House Bill 5 A Brief Overview Earning a High School Diploma The High School Diploma is key to: Enrolling in post-secondary school education Enlisting in United States military services Obtaining employment and career advancement opportunities Accessing higher paying jobs Why a NEW graduation plan? PURPOSE: Plan for graduation that includes meaningful flexibility to earn a high school diploma with appropriate and rigorous foundation courses aligned to endorsement areas for college and career preparation. Current Graduation Plans Current Graduation plans include: Minimum High School Program (MHSP) Recommended High School Program (RHSP) Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP)* *For top 10% college admission rule (7% University of Texas), a student MUST earn a Distinguished Level of Achievement. New Graduation Plans Beginning 2014-2015: The Commissioner of Education adopted a plan to replace the MHSP, RHSP & DAP New Graduation Plans The new plans include: The Foundation High School Program (22 credits) The Foundation High School Program with Endorsements (26 credits) The Distinguished Level of Achievement (26 credits) New Graduation Plans 2014-2015 Graduation Plan Flowchart AVAILABLE IN SPANISH STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation Physical Education: One credit Languages Other Than English (LOTE): Two credits in the same language (including Computer Science I, II, or III; Computer Programming Language (coming in 201516) Fine Arts: One credit Electives: Five credits STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation A specific speech course will not be a requirement under the Foundation High School Program. However, NEW Requirement: to receive a high school diploma, a student must demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the district in which the student is enrolled, in: delivering clear verbal messages choosing effective nonverbal behaviors listening for desired results applying valid critical-thinking and problem-solving processes identifying, analyzing, developing, and evaluating communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and personal and professional presentations STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation Incoming 9th grade students will begin under the Distinguished Level of Achievement program* Current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade students (2013-2014 school year) must be given a choice to graduate under the MHSP, RHSP, DAP, or Foundation High School Program. *Unless otherwise determined by an ARD committee STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation A student may elect to graduate WITHOUT an endorsement only after the student’s 10th grade year The student & parent must be advised of the benefits of graduating from high school with an endorsement, AND the parent files a written permission allowing the student to graduate FOUNDATION only STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a school district must ensure that each student upon entering ninth grade indicates, in writing, an endorsement that the student intends to earn (PGP). A district must permit a student to choose, at any time, to earn an endorsement other than the endorsement the student previously indicated. NOTE: the challenge of changing endorsements AND still meeting the requirements of an endorsement. STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation “Advanced” Courses SBOE released a list of courses from which districts can locally determine the courses they will offer Judson C & I Dept. has met to determine these courses and a list of Foundation Advanced Courses will be made available to the campuses Content included: English, Science, Math CTE “advanced” courses are already identified in the coherent sequence Judson ISD Endorsements/Pathways STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements A student may earn an endorsement by successfully completing: curriculum requirements for the endorsement four credits in mathematics four credits in science two additional elective credits STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements A school district defines their advanced courses (from the approved SBOE list) and determines the coherent sequence of courses for an endorsement area (provided that prerequisites are followed). A course completed as part of the set of four courses needed to satisfy an endorsement requirement may also satisfy a requirement under the foundation high school program (including an elective requirement). STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements HB5 language is very specific regarding meeting the requirements of an endorsement: For example - STEM (A) a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster including at least one advanced CTE course . . . . . . (B) a coherent sequence of four credits in computer science selected from the following: . . . . . . . . (C) A total of five credits in mathematics by successfully completing . . . . . . STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements For example - Business & Industry (A)a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster including at least one advanced CTE course . . . . . four English elective credits by selecting three levels in one of the following areas: . . . . . . . four technology applications credits by selecting from the following: . . . . . . . In addition to Foundational Level classes, the following levels of courses are offered: GENERAL COURSES PRE-AP / AP* DUAL CREDIT* IB* TAG* *Requires completion of the Challenge Agreement – student and parent/guardian signature is required Pre-AP, AP and IB Courses AP/IB courses give students a head start on college Taking AP/IB courses can help students gain college admission; test scores can earn college credit and placement into advanced courses. Grades are weighted and can help improve class ranking Dual Credit Courses JISD has academic and technical dual credit partnerships agreements with several postsecondary institutions Students earn high school and college credit at the same time A qualifying score on an entrance exam (TSI) must be met before enrolling in a dual credit course What is AP? AP stands for Advanced Placement These are stand-alone classes and tests College credit may be granted if a score on the AP test is high enough Content and expectations are directed by the College Board Students can by-pass entry level courses What is IB? Coursework with a global perspective designed to meet global standards Major components include thinking and writing Diploma guarantees 24 semester credits at any Texas state university There are IB programs in over 138 countries Scheduling Recommendation All incoming 9th grade students are encouraged to select: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. English I Biology (Chemistry Pre-AP if Biology credit has been awarded) World Geography Algebra I (Geometry Pre-AP if Algebra I credit has been awarded) Language other than English (Spanish, German or French) Endorsement (introduction course pathway dependent upon endorsement selection) Elective* (athletic and/or general/recommended elective) Alternate course (in cases where first elective request is not available) *Elective course is dependent upon successful completion and promotion. Student may be administratively placed in a remedial and/or support class based on state assessment results. Other Important HB5 Updates Personal Graduation Plans Performance Acknowledgements State Assessment Requirements Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) • Starting in 2014-2015 (by the end of 9th grade) there must be a high school Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) for EACH student • PGP must be confirmed and signed by parent/guardian. • Endorsement must be chosen at entry into 9th grade Performance Acknowledgements A student may earn a performance acknowledgment (on their transcript): for outstanding performance . . . . a dual credit course in bilingualism and biliteracy on an AP test or IB exam on the PSAT, the ACT-Plan, the SAT, or the ACT for earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license State Assessment Requirements under HB 5 Five End of Course (EOC) test (subject based) Algebra 1 English I and II Biology US History For questions, please contact your campus Professional School Counselor For information, refer to: 1. JISD Guidance and Counseling http://www.judsonisd.org/district/instruction/GuidanceAndCounseling/index.cfm 2. Region 20 Service Center http://www.esc20.net/ 3. Texas Education Agency http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769806149 Thank You!