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Texas New House Bill 5 (HB5) Graduation Requirements Update @ TCHS

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Transcript of Texas New House Bill 5 (HB5) Graduation Requirements Update @ TCHS

4th English Options:
English IV; IS in English; Debate III; IS in Journalism; AP English Literature & Composition; Communication Applications (1/2 credit); Advanced Journalism Newspaper or Yearbook III; or Dual Credit English; or College Prep English.
Endorsements
Science, Technology,
Engineering & Math (STEM)

Business & Industry (B&I)

Public Services (PS)

Arts & Humanities (A&H)

Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS)
Foundation High School Program (FHSP)
22 Credits
FHSP Requirements
4 English - English I, II, III, 4th English
Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Options
Business & Industry
(B&I) Options
A. CTE
B. Newspaper
C. Debate
D. Yearbook
E. Combo B&I
Public Services (PS) Options
A. CTE
B. JROTC
HB5 Update
Graduation Requirements
January 31, 2014

FHSP with Endorsements
26 Credits
Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA)
26 Credits
3 Math - Algebra I, Geometry, 3rd Math
3 Science - Biology, IPC/Chemistry/Physics, 3rd Science
3 Social Studies - W Geo or W Hist, US Hist, Gov/Eco
2 LOTE
1 PE
1 Fine Arts
5 Electives
22 Total
3rd Math Options:
Algebra II; Math Models with Applications; or Dual Credit Mathematics.
2nd Science Options: IPC, Chemistry, or Physics;

3rd Science Options: Chemistry, Physics, Aquatic Science, Astronomy; Environmental Systems; AP Biology; AP Chemistry; AP Physics 1; AP Physics 2; Advanced Animal Science; Advanced Plant & Soil Science; Anatomy & Physiology; Forensic Science; Medical Microbiology; Pathophysiology; Advanced Biotechnology; Engineering Design & Problem Solving; Principles of Technology; or Dual Credit Science.
4th Math; 4th Science; Endorsement Requirements
STEM Required courses:
Algebra 2, Chemistry, and Physics
Any two levels of the same language;

Spanish or French @ TCHS; or
American Sign Language, Chinese, German, Latin or Russian through TxVSN
(A) CTE
(B) Mathematics
(C) Science
(D) Combo STEM

A sequence of four or more credits in Career and Technical Education (CTE), including at least one Advanced CTE course, selected from the following CTE career cluster:
(i) STEM
Three credits in Mathematics by successfully completing Algebra II and two additional mathematics courses for which Algebra II is a prerequisite.
Four credits in Science by successfully completing Chemistry, Physics, and two additional Science courses.
STEM CTE
STEM Math
STEM Science
A sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster and at least one Advanced CTE course. The final course in the sequence must be selected from one of the following CTE career clusters:
(i) Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources,
(ii) Architecture & Construction,
(iii) Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, & Communications,
(iv) Business Management & Administration,
(v) Finance,
(vi) Hospitality & Tourism,
(vii) Information Technology,
(viii)Manufacturing,
(ix) Marketing, or
(x) Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
Four English elective credits to include three levels in Newspaper.
Four English elective credits to include three levels in Debate.
B&I Newspaper
B&I Debate
B&I CTE
A sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that includes at least two courses in the same career cluster and at least one Advanced CTE course. The final course in the sequence must be selected from one of the following CTE career clusters:
(i) Education & Training,
(ii) Health Science, or
(ii) Human Services
PS CTE
Four courses in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).
PS JROTC
Arts & Humanities (A&H) Options
A. Social Studies
B. 4 LOTE
C. 2 LOTE/2 LOTE, or
D. Fine Arts
A student pursuing an Arts & Humanities Endorsement who has the written permission of the student’s parent may substitute the fourth science credit with an elective credit selected from English Language Arts, Social Studies, Languages Other Than English, or Fine Arts.
5 Social Studies Courses
A&H Social Studies
Four levels of the same language in a Language Other Than English.
A&H 4 LOTE
Two levels of the same language in a Language Other Than English and two levels of a different language in a Language Other than English.
A&H 2LOTE/2LOTE
A sequence of four credits by selecting courses from one or two categories in Art, Dance, Music (Band, Choir, or Orchestra), or Theatre.
A&H Fine Arts
Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Options
A. Four advanced courses
B. 4x4
C. Advanced Placement/Dual Credit
Four Advanced Courses that prepare a student to enter the workforce successfully or post-secondary education without remediation from within one endorsement area or among endorsement areas that are not in a coherent sequence.
Four credits in each of the four foundation subject areas to include English IV and Chemistry and/or Physics.
Four credits in Advanced Placement or Dual Credit selected from English, Math, Science, Social Studies, LOTE, or Fine Arts.
MDS AP/DC
MDS 4 Advanced Courses
Performance Acknowledgments
A. Dual Credit
B. Bilingualism and Biliteracy
C. Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate
D. PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, or ACT
E. Nationally or Internationally recognized business or industry certification or license
Points of Discussion
A. Which Endorsement will lead to the highest GPA?
B. What is the difference between old plans and new plans?
C. What will be the impact of courses that are no longer required (Speech, Social Studies, LOTE)?
D. What defines a sequence for an Endorsement?
E. What is an Advanced Course?
F. Will students be able to double-dip?
G. What happens when students want to change their Endorsement?
H. Will students be able to earn more than one Endorsement?
I. How will Endorsements and Performance Acknowledgments be recognized by colleges?
J. The decisions students make WILL have an impact on their future (i.e. college admissions).
K. Will current students be able to make the switch?
L. How will we explain the difference between Endorsement options and the inequities across the many options?
M. How will we be able to track graduation plans?
N. How will we communicate all of the details of HB5?
Personal Graduation Plans
Required of all students in grades 9-12 and At-Risk students in grades 6-8.
Housed electronically in Naviance (Four Year Plans, My Game Plan, Goal Setting, Research College Admissions).

A sequence of three additional credits from no more than two of the categories (CTE, Math, Science).
B&I Combo
Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA)
Algebra 2 is required
Students who are ranked in the top 10% of their class must graduate on the DLA in order to be eligible for automatic college admissions to a 4 year public institution in the state of Texas.

Four English elective credits to include three levels in Yearbook.
B&I Yearbook
A locally defined set of four credits from B&I A, B, C, or D in a sequence that corresponds to the student's academic or career goals, as documented in the student's PGP.
STEM Combo
MDS 4x4
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