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TEA Posting: Graduation Requirements for 2013-2014 Seniors

A letter to the Administrator Addressed regarding graduation requirements for 2013-2014 seniors was posted to the Texas Education Agency website on August 29th. In this letter Commissioner Williams shares his “intent to file rules that would allow students completing the fourth year of high school during the 2013-2014 school year to graduate under the new Foundation High School Program as permitted by Section 28.025(h-2), Texas Education Code, as added by House Bill (HB) 5, passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, 2013, and signed into law by Governor Perry. ”

The letter indicates that while most seniors will graduate under the existing plans, a small group of students may meet the requirements for the new Foundation High school Program and choose to graduate under that program.

Considerations include:

  • “The requirements for the endorsements and performance acknowledgments have not yet been determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE). Consequently, a student who chooses to graduate under the Foundation High School Program in 2013-2014 will earn a foundation diploma only and will not have the option to earn an endorsement, the distinguished level of achievement, or a performance acknowledgment.”
  • “Before making a final decision regarding the graduation program they will pursue, I would strongly encourage students – especially those who are planning to pursue a degree in higher education – and their parents to consider the benefits of taking additional advanced math and science courses required by the current four-by-four and to fully research required or recommended coursework for admission to at any higher education institution they have interest in attending.”
  • “Please note that students who were first-time 9th graders before the 2011-2012 school year must meet the established performance standards for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) to be eligible to graduate from a Texas public school. This graduation requirement is applicable to the majority of students who are currently classified as seniors. The assessment requirements for this group of students have not changed.”

Information regarding graduation requirements is located at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769806149.


ESC Region 13 Contact: Ed Vara – ed.vara@esc13.txed.net

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