Foundation Graduation 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.
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.