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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 foundation graduation plan currently in use require students to:

  • earn 26 course credits with an endorsement (or 22 credits with completed opt-out agreement)

  • meet the speech requirement

  • receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

  • receive instruction on proper interaction with a peace officer (students who entered grade 9 in the 2018-2019 and thereafter)

  • complete an application for Federal or State Financial aide (beginning with 2022 graduates) or sign an opt-out form

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

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

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