HB 5: A new path to post-secondary success

HB 5
A new path to post-secondary success
The 83rd Texas Legislature passed
House Bill 5 which contains
sweeping changes to the Texas
Education Code, and therefore, to
graduation plans in Texas public
End of Course Exams
 Reduced from 15 to 5
 Those five tests are: ELA I, ELA II, Algebra I,
Biology and US History
 Reading and Writing were combined into one
English/Language Arts test at levels I & II
New Graduation Plan Created
 Foundation High School Program (FHSP)
 It also added Endorsements, Distinguished
Level of Achievement and Performance
 Starts with next year’s freshmen (cohort
House Bill 5’s Foundation
Plan was designed to give
students more flexibility in
scheduling classes.
House Bill 5
Foundation High School Program
English Language Arts
Four Credits
English I
English II
English III
Advanced English Course
Three Credits
Algebra I
Advanced Math Course
Three Credits
Physics or Principles of Technology
House Bill 5
Foundation High School Program
Social Studies
Three Credits
US History
US Government (1/2 credit)
Economics (1/2 credit
World Geography or World
History or combined
World Geography/History
Physical Education
One Credit
Foreign Language
Two credits (same language)
Fine Arts
One Credit
Five Credits
22 Credits
CISD may decide to add
courses to the Foundation
In Addition to the FHSP, Students
Will Need to Choose an Endorsement
 STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)
 Business and Industry
 Public Services
 Arts and Humanities
 Multidisciplinary Studies
 Specific courses for each endorsement will be
decided during the 2013-14 school year.
 General descriptions of each endorsement
The FHSP with Endorsement
Each endorsement requires 26 credits total,
 4th math (STEM will most likely require Alg.II)
 4th science
 Additional electives within the endorsement
 NOTE – specific requirements will not be known
for each endorsement until the State Board of
Education makes the final ruling.
 Requires Algebra II, Chemistry and Physics, and
 Coherent sequence in CTE STEM courses, or
 Coherent sequence of four courses in computer
science, or
 Four courses in mathematics, or
 Four courses in science
Business & Industry
Includes Advanced Math and Science, and
Coherent sequence four English elective courses to include three levels of one of:
• Advanced Broadcast journalism
• Newspaper
• Public Speaking
• Debate, or
Coherent sequence of one of the se CTE course clusters:
• Agriculture, food, and natural resources
• Architecture and construction
• Arts, audio/visual technology, and communications
• Business management and administration
• Finance
• Hospitality and tourism
• Information Technology
• Manufacturing
• Marketing
Public Service
 Includes Advanced Math and Science, and
 Coherent sequence in CTE courses
 Education and training
 Government and public administration
 Human services
 Law, Public safety, corrections, and securities
 Four courses in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
Arts and Humanities
 Includes Advanced Math and Science, and
 Four social studies courses, or
 Four levels of the same language other than English
(LOTE), or
 Two levels of the same LOTE and two more levels of
a different LOTE , or
 Four levels of American Sign Language, or
 Coherent sequence in Art, or
 Coherent sequence in Dance, or
 Coherent sequence in Music, or
 Coherent sequence in Theatre
Multidisciplinary Studies
 Includes Advanced Math and Science, and
 Four advanced courses that prepare a student to
enter the Workforce successfully, or post
secondary education without remediation (no
coherent sequence required), or
 Four credits in each of the four Foundation subject
areas to include English IV and Chemistry and/or
Physics, or
 Four AP or IB courses to include one credit in each
of the four Foundation subjects
Distinguished Level of Achievement
To earn the distinguished level of achievement,
students must complete:
 The FHSP
 An Endorsement
 Algebra II
Students completing the distinguished level are
eligible for college admission under the Top
10% automatic admissions provision.
Performance Acknowledgement
A performance acknowledgement can be earned
for outstanding performance:
In a dual credit course
In bilingualism and biliteracy
On an AP test
On the PSAT, SAT, or ACT
For earning a nationally or internationally
recognized business or industry certification or
 Once again, more details later this year
Websites, other places parents can get information as it comes
District/counseling/campus websites?

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