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Foundation High School Program

State Graduation Requirements 

The state's newest graduation plan, created by House Bill 5 passed during the 2013 Texas legislative session, is called the Foundation High School Program. Students entering ninth grade beginning with the 2014-2015 school year are automatically enrolled in this graduation program. The new Foundation High School Program became the default graduation program for all students entering ninth grade beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Students follow the high school graduation plan that was in place when they began ninth grade. The foundation graduation plans currently in use require students to earn 22 to 26 course credits.   

Students must pass five end-of-course assessments to meet the testing requirements for graduation. Those tests cover Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and U.S. History.  

FHSP Overview

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

Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B. Graduation Requirements (Approved, January 2014)

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.

Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter BB. Commissioner’s Rules Concerning High School Graduation (Adopted, December 2013)

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission, developed the Graduation Toolkit to provide essential information to students, parents, and counselors about the new Foundation High School Program. The Graduation Toolkit is available for download.

Resources

The following resources provide additional information about the Foundation High School Program.

Overview of Foundation High School Program
HB5 College Readiness
Graduation Programs Side by Side (PDF, 308KB)
Foundation High School Program FAQs
Endorsement FAQs--March 2014 (PDF, 854KB)
Performance Acknowledgment FAQs--coming soon
Other HB5 FAQs
Text of HB5 (outside source)

Required Forms

The following required forms are provided for district use. 

Endorsement Opt-Out Agreement (PDF, 23KB)
Endorsement Opt-Out Agreement_SPANISH (PDF, 31KB)




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