• Promotion Standards  2016-2017

    In order for HISD students to move 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 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
    2. 5th Grade - Must have passing scores (“meet minimum expectations”) on STAAR Reading and STAAR Math
    3. Grades 1st and 2nd - Must pass the High Frequency Word Evaluation Test
    4. Sufficient attendance – a student’s total number of unexcused absences cannot exceed 10 percent of class meetings

    Student Success Initiative

    In addition to local and state promotion requirements, the Texas Legislature created the Student Success Initiative (SSI) to ensure that students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. Under SSI, students in fifth and eighth grade must pass the STAAR mathematics and reading tests. For HISD students in SSI grades 5 and 8 who do not pass a STAAR test, a Grade Placement Committee will be convened to determine if they will be required to attend summer school.

    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 and 4

    • 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*

    5

    • 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*

    *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 the promotion standards outlined above, your school will contact you regarding opportunities for your child to receive additional instruction.

    *ARD – Annual Review and Dismissal *IEP – Individual Education Program