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House Bill 5: Endorsements

HB 5: New Graduation Requirements

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, there will be a change in graduation requirements.  The new graduation requirements will provide students more choice in their selection of coursework to accommodate their individual college and career goals. 

Beginning this spring, all eighth grade students must choose one of five endorsements as a blueprint for their graduation plan prior to entering ninth grade.  The five endorsements are:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Business and Industry, Public Service, Arts and Humanities, and Multidisciplinary Studies.

Aligned under these endorsements are 31 Programs of Study organized by career clusters.  A cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities.  Programs of Study are a part of the AchieveTexas College and Career Initiative that is designed to help students make informed educational decisions.  The Programs of Study combine rigorous academics with relevant career education in the field they choose to study based on their individual interest, strengths, and values.  When students have a choice in their educational plans, they become more academically engaged because they can see the relevance of what they are studying.  Moreover, these Programs of Study will allow students to establish a foundation to help facilitate a seamless transition from secondary to post-secondary opportunities.

Another aspect of House Bill 5 legislation,  is the preparation of a Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) to align with a student's Program of Study.  After the freshman year, students may change their PGP at any time.

Please review the attached graduation plans and work with your child to determine which Program of Study he/she will choose to pursue.  The student may choose more than one Program of Study if scheduling allows.  Please contact your Hutto High Counselor to schedule a meeting.  

Please feel free to review the programs of study.  They will be updated as we include more courses from Texas State Technical College and Temple College for dual credit/articulation purposes.  Feel free to view the HB 5 Hutto-Endorsement powerpoint listed below and visit TEA website listed below for more information.

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769806149 

(Updated 3/10/2015)