LEGISLATION, POLICY & GUIDELINES
According to the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, advanced level language proficiency is necessary for college and career readiness. To that end, students should have uninterrupted, consistent access to early standards-based learning experiences in languages other than English.
School districts are strongly encouraged to offer languages other than English in elementary, middle school and high school.
HISD School Guidelines (2020-2021)
The Houston Independent School District's (HISD) School Guidelines has been compiled by the Federal and State Compliance Department to provide school personnel an easily accessible reference to policies, regulations, and laws regarding all phases of student accounting.
Texas House Bill 5: Foundation High School Program (2013)
This bill provides information about graduation requirements. Students, parents, and counselors can download the Graduation Toolkit for essential information about the Foundation High School Program.
"Well-rounded education [...] means courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as [...] foreign language [...] and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience." (Every Student Succeeds Act, Section 8002, (52))