Promotion Standards - 2017-2018

In order for HISD students to earn promotion to the next grade level, they must show that they have met HISD’s Promotion Standards. These standards generally include classroom grades, local or state tests, and attendance as follows:

  1. State requirement of overall yearly grade average of 70 or above and local requirement of a grade average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
  2. Note: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has waived the requirement that 5th and 8th grade students must pass the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for the 2017-2018 school year.
  3. Sufficient attendance – a student's total number of unexcused absences cannot exceed 10 percent of class meetings.

Note: Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that he is removing the requirement to conduct Grade Placement Committees and any related June 2018 STAAR retests in 5th and 8th grades for districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This decision was based on the TEA’s commitment to our districts and students, with the priority of ensuring that those affected by the storm can make instructional decisions that are in the best interest of students. As a result, HISD will not participate in the 2018 June STAAR Grade 5 & 8 reading and math test administrations.

Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) standards for promotion:

Grade Level

Promotion Standards

1 and 2 

  • Students must pass High Frequency Word Test recognizing and reading words that appear very often in written and spoken language  
  • State requirement of overall yearly grade average of 70 or above and local requirement of a grade average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.  
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*  

3 and 4

  • State requirement of overall yearly grade average of 70 or above and local requirement of a grade average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.  
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*

5

  • State requirement of overall yearly grade average of 70 or above and local requirement of a grade average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*
Note: The State of Texas has waived the requirement that 5th grade students must pass STAAR for the 2017-2018 school year.

6 and 7

  • State requirement of overall yearly grade average of 70 or above and a local requirement of a grade average of 70 or above in three of the four core courses: Language arts (average of reading and English), mathematics, science, and social studies.  
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*

8

  • State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and local requirement of an average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*
Note: The State of Texas has waived the requirement that 8th grade students must pass STAAR for the 2017-2018 school year.

9 – 12 

  • Students must pass five STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History.
  • Students are promoted based on their total accumulated course credits prior to the beginning of the next school year.  
  • Individual course credit is earned through a passing grade of 70% or above and sufficient attendance*

For English Language Learner (ELL) students, the Grade Placement Committee (GPC), in consultation with the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC), will determine promotion standards.

For students with disabilities, the campus Annual Review and Dismissal/Individual Education Program (ARD/IEP) committee will determine the promotion status based on mastery of IEP goals and objectives and/or course requirements.

If a student does not meet the promotion standards outlined above, the school will contact the parent/guardian regarding opportunities for the student to receive additional instruction.


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