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Important Information on HB 5
End-of-Course (EOC) Exams Required for Graduation
EOC exams have been reduced from 15 to five including: English I (reading and writing combined), English II (reading and writing combined), Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History. (Begins in 2013 - 2014 school year)
Intermediate School Personal Graduation Plan (PGP)
Requires a PGP for intermediate students who failed a state test or are not likely to graduate by the fifth year following ninth grade. (Begins in 2014 - 2015 school year)
Assessment Requirements Removed
The 15 percent grading policy requirement, the cumulative score requirement, and the minimum score requirement have been removed. (Begins in 2013 - 2014 school year)
District Performance Ratings
Each district will receive a performance rating of A, B, C, D, or F based on TEA developed criteria. A, B or C is considered "acceptable" performance and D or F reflects "unacceptable" performance. A district may NOT receive an "A" rating if any campus has an "unacceptable" performance rating. Ratings must be published no later than August 8 of each year. (Begins in 2016 - 2017 school year)
Academic Distinction Designations for District and Campuses
TEA will award distinction designations no later than August 8 of each year that must be referenced directly in connection with the performance rating given to a district or campus. These academic distinction designations pertain to outstanding performance in attaining postsecondary readiness based on 1) state-test performance and improvement in relation to college readiness standards; and 2) percentages of students that earn recognized business or industry certification or license; complete a coherent sequence of CTE courses; complete a dual credit course or articulated postsecondary course for local credit; achieve applicable college readiness benchmarks or the equivalent on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or ACT-Plan; and who received a score to earn college credit on either an AP or IB test.
Automatic College Admissions
A student must have earned the "distinguished achievement level" to be eligible for automatic admission if the student graduates in the top 10 percent of their graduating class (New graduation plan endorsement). (Begins in 2014 - 2015 school year)
 New Graduation Plan Requirements
New graduation plans will be available to high school students starting in 2014-15. Further guidance from the State Board of Education and the Texas Education Agency are needed; therefore, more information for parents and students will be made available in August.
High School Personal Graduation Plan (PGP)
One or more endorsements (new graduation plan endorsement) are required for a student to achieve a class rank in the top 10 percent. Parents or guardians and students must review PGP options upon entering ninth grade with a counselor or administrator and must sign a PGP by the end of the school year. Students may amend the PGP and a written notice will be sent to the parent or guardian if the plan is amended. PGPs will be available through the electronic student record system. (Begins in 2014 - 2015 school year)
Other Tests Satisfying End of Course (EOC) Score Requirements
Requires TEA to determine a method by which satisfactory performance on an AP, IB, SAT Subject Test, the SAT or the ACT, or any nationally recognized norm-reference tests used by institutions of higher education to award course credit based on satisfactory performance to satisfy EOC requirements for an equivalent course. Requires TEA to determine a method by which a student's satisfactory performance on the PSAT or the ACT- Plan can be used to satisfy the requirements concerning an EOC in an equivalent course. Allows a student who fails to perform satisfactorily on one of these tests, other than the PSAT or the ACT-Plan, to retake the test or another test, including the EOC, for the purpose of satisfying the EOC requirements. Mandates that a student who fails to perform satisfactorily on the PSAT or the ACT-Plan must retake the appropriate EOC. (Begins in 2013 - 2014 school year)
Community and Student Engagement Accountability System
Each district must report to TEA and make publically available a self-evaluation of the district and each campus in the area of community and student engagement. Requires a local committee to establish criteria that will be used to issue a rating to the district and each campus of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable for both overall performance and on individual factors that include: 1) fine arts; 2) wellness and P.E.; 3) community and parental involvement; 4) 21st Century Workforce Development program; 5) second language acquisition program; 6) digital learning environment; 7) dropout prevention strategies; 8) educational programs for gifted and talented students; and 9) record of district and campus compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements. These ratings must be made public by August 8 of each year. (Begins in 2013 - 2014 school year)
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