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Promotion Standards

In order for HISD students to move to the next grade level, they must show that they have reached HISD’s “Promotion Standards.” These standards generally include classroom grades and a local or state test. HISD uses a variety of national, state, and local measures to monitor and improve student learning. Information about testing, including descriptions of each assessment, is available through each child's school. STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) is the current Texas testing program for students in grades 3 through 12, and is designed to assess progress and to make sure youngsters are on track for graduation, leading to college and careers. Testing dates are available online at www.HoustonISD.org/Calendars.

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) 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 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* 

3, 4 and 5

  • Students must pass STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) in reading and math. 
  • 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*

6, 7 and 8

  • Students must pass STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) in reading and math. 
  • State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and a local requirement of an 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*

9 – 12 

  • Students must pass five STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) 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*

*Sufficient attendance: A student’s total number of unexcused absences cannot exceed 10% of class meetings. 

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

For students with disabilities, the campus ARD/IEP committee will determine the promotion status based on mastery of IEP goals and objectives and /or course requirements.

If your child does not meet Promotion Standards, your school will contact you for further opportunities to receive additional instruction.