A focused and successful high school path is the road to
future success in higher education, workforce training, and career. Revised
state requirements and HISD’s own rigorous standards — along with a broad
choice of career pathways — help students work with parents and educators to
map their coursework to align with their aptitudes and interests. Planning a
path — identifying a direction and setting goals — helps make education
relevant to a student’s future.
Students take grade-level STAAR tests in Reading, Math, Writing, and Science.
|Grade 3||Reading and Math|
|Grade 4||Reading, Math, and Writing|
|Grade 5||Reading, Math, and Science|
Students take grade-level STAAR tests in Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies.
|Grade 6||Reading and Math|
|Grade 7||Reading, Math, and Writing|
|Grade 8||Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies|
Entering ninth-graders are now required to pass five End-of-Course (EOC) exams to graduate.
|Required End-of-Course (EOC) Exams|
|Algebra I||English I||English II||Biology||U.S. History|
The English I and II exams combine reading and writing into one five-hour test.
For next year’s entering ninth-graders:
Students will enter under the new 26-credit Foundation High School Program with an endorsement – and take Algebra II at the appropriate time – which will allow them to earn a Distinguished Level of Achievement and become eligible for automatic admission into state universities if they graduate in the top 10% of their class.
With the help of teachers, counselors, and parents, students will decide on one or more endorsement plans:
These endorsements will help create a personalized learning plan in line with a student’s career interests and goals. Families will be given a school-by-school breakdown of student options well in advance, to assist them in selecting a high school endorsement and career pathway that meets the student’s career interests and post-secondary goals.
Students may earn up to FIVE performance acknowledgements, which will be displayed on diplomas and transcripts:
|Dual credit courses||PSAT/SAT/ACT and or ACT-Plan exams|
|Bilingualism and bi-literacy||Business and industry certifications and/or licenses|
|AP and IB exams|