House Bill 5 (HB 5), signed into law this summer by Governor Rick Perry, renovates high school testing requirements and provides students with increased flexibility in course selections for their graduation plan. This flexibility allows students to select a focused graduation plan, or endorsements, which creates strands of learning for students as they complete their high school plan.
What does this mean for GCISD?
Snapshot of New Graduation RequirementsClass of 2018 & BeyondFoundation HIgh School Program (FHSP)26 CreditsFHSP + EndorsementsDistinguished Level of Achievement26 Credits4 Credits English3 Credits Math (Algebra II recommended)3 Credits Science4 Credits Social Studies2 Credits Languages other than English1 Credit Physical Education1 Credit Fine Arts1/2 Credit Speech*1/2 Credit Health1 Credit Technology6 Credits Elective CoursesStudents cannot choose this plan until the end of their 10th grade school year and with administrative approval.4 Credits English4 Credits Math (Algebra II required)4 Credits Science4 Credits Social Studies2 Credits Languages other than English1 Credit Physical Education1 Credit Fine Arts1/2 Credit Speech*1/2 Credit Health1 Credit Technology4 Credits Elective CoursesFour credits of the 26 required credits must be in a coherent sequence and content-specific to the student's Endorsement Area (see below).
ENDORSEMENTS STEM Business & Industry Arts & Humanities Public Services Multi-DisciplinaryScienceEngineering
Advanced JournalismAgricultureArts, A/V Tech & CommunicationsBusiness Management & AdministrationFinanceHospitality & TourismInformation TechnologyMarketingTransportation, Distribution & LogisticsLOTEArtTheatre ArtsChoirBandSocial StudiesEducation & TrainingHealth ScienceCore AcademicsMulti-EndorsementWorkforce ReadyCollege Ready* - Debate available for incoming Freshmen