March HB 5 FAQs - Region 10 Education Service Center

Foundation and
Endorsement FAQs
House Committee on Public Education
Meeting: March 26
• Implementation of HB 5 and 3-8 assessments
• Additional rigorous mathematics and science
courses needed to address the current and
projected needs of the state's workforce
• Review the TEKS in the tested grades,
• format, testing calendar, and the limitation on
instructional days
• Recommend options to streamline the assessment
of TEKS to focus on core concepts
• Review current federal testing requirements in
grades 3-8 to determine if testing relief is possible
Senate Education Committee Meeting:
April 14
• Review the redesign of high school English EOC
• Review accommodations available as a result of
the elimination of the STAAR-M
• Review the redesign of the STAAR Alternate
• Monitor implementation of HB 5 relating to
• accountability, assessment, and curriculum
Foundation FAQs
• A course may satisfy both a foundation and
an endorsement requirement, including an
• Credit can not be given twice
• If a student earns more than one credit for a
course, any additional credit may be applied
to an elective and/or endorsement
Speech Skills
• Each school district is responsible for
ensuring that students demonstrate
proficiency in the speech skills.
• A district may require a speech course. This is a
local decision. (Professional Communications,
Comm. Apps.)
Speech Skills
• Documentation of a student’s demonstrated
proficiency must be included on the
Academic Achievement Record (AAR).
Additional guidance will be provided in the
revised Minimum Standards for the AAR.
Math Models
• Math Models may be offered first in the
sequence of math courses. (2014-2015)
• Math Models may be offered concurrently
with Algebra I or geometry (2014-2015)
• Algebra I will be a prerequisite for Math
Models when the revised TEKS are
implemented in the 2015-2016 school year.
• The “second” science credit does not have
to be taken before the “third” science credit.
• No sequence implied in the rules or law
• A student can take IPC after chemistry
and/or physics
• Computer Science I, II, and III may satisfy
this requirement until September 1, 2016.
• Can CTE computer programming courses
satisfy the LOTE requirement?
• No. At this time only Computer Science I, II, and
III may satisfy this requirement.
• You can require more course work as a
graduation requirement in your district, but
you can not violate the SBOE rules or HB5
by changing the minimum requirements for
the Foundation Plan or an endorsement.
• There are not specific course sequence
requirements however, districts should pay
close attention to prerequisite
• LOTE – You can not require a student to
take two or more years of the same
language other than English, if they qualify
for an option
• Not even as a local requirement for graduation
• Algebra II - You can not require a student to
take Algebra II for the foundation plan or
non-STEM endorsement
• You can require Algebra II as a local graduation
requirement outside of the above
Endorsements General
• Rule: “This section does not entitle a
student to remain enrolled to earn more
than 26 credits.”
• A student cannot continue to earn credits
for endorsements indefinitely.
• They can earn more than 26 credits,
District decides when they have enough to
Endorsements General
• The district determines coherent sequence
and identifies courses within that sequence.
• The district determines the specific set of
courses each student must complete to
earn an endorsement
• prerequisites must be followed
• the set of courses meets the requirements of
SBOE rule for that endorsement.
Endorsements General
• A school district may define advanced CTE
• That course must be the third or higher course
in a sequence.
• The state list of “CTE Advanced” courses is
not definitive
Endorsements General
• Career Preparation may be used as one of
the courses in the coherent sequence
• The final course in an endorsement
sequence must come from one of the
career clusters listed in the rule.
Endorsements General
Courses that could apply to two or more
• The district must determine which course is
part of the coherent sequence of courses
that a student takes.
• The career cluster of that course would
determine which endorsement the student
• This is a local decision.
Endorsements General
• A student may substitute an ELA, social
studies, LOTE course, or fine arts course
for 4th science credit required to earn an
• Need the written permission of the
student’s parent
Option 5: Earn a STEM endorsement with “a
coherent sequence of three additional credits.”
• Students must take Algebra II, Physics, and
Chemistry and three additional credits. from no
more than two of the following categories:
• The three additional credits must be a coherent
sequence of courses from the required areas as
determined by the local district.
Public Services
• A coherent sequence of courses may include
courses from any CTE career cluster
• The final course in the sequence is from one of
the CTE career clusters under the public services
• Districts determine if courses from different
career clusters create a coherent sequence of
Multidisciplinary Studies
• Rule: A student may take “four advanced
courses that prepare a student to enter the
workforce successfully or postsecondary
education without remediation”?
• Each local school district has the authority to
identify advanced courses.
Things to think about?
• How will districts address transfers where
different courses are selected as
• How will districts address transfers where
different coherent sequences earn the
same endorsement?
Coming Soon!
• Performance Acknowledgment
• HB 5 FAQs on other components
of the bill

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