In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature established the new Foundation High School Program as the default high school graduation program for all students entering high school beginning in 2014-2015. The State Board of Education in January 2014 adopted rules related to the new Foundation High School Program.

House Bill (HB) 5 required the commissioner of education to adopt a transition plan to implement HB 5 and replace the Minimum High School Program (MHSP), Recommended High School Program (RHSP), and Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) with the Foundation High School Program beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. These rules allow students who entered high school before the 2014-2015 school year the option to graduate under the new Foundation High School Program.

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Changes for Junior High School Students

Students will take the following grade-level STAAR tests in Reading, Math, Writing, Science and Social Studies.

Grade 7: Reading, Math and Writing

Grade 8: Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies

Students who take Algebra I as an eighth grader are only required to take the Algebra I end of course (EOC) exam this year.  Junior High students taking Algebra I will not be required to take the grade-level STAAR math assessment in addition to the Algebra I EOC.

Changes for High School Students

Entering ninth graders in 2014-2015 will enter under the new 26-credit plan with an Endorsement.

In order to graduate high school, high school students must pass the following STAAR end of course exams:

EOC – English I

EOC – English II

EOC – Algebra I

EOC – Biology

EOC – History

STEM, Business & Industry, Arts and Humanities, Public Services, and Multi-Disciplinary endorsements will help create a personalized learning plan in line with the student’s career interests and goals.

Students enrolled in high school prior to the 2014-2015 school year can elect to graduate under the new Foundation Plan if that decision is made during the 2014-2015 school year.

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