Promotion standards for HISD students are outlined in the district's Elementary and Secondary Guidelines. At the bottom of this section promotion standards for students in 1st and 2nd grade are listed. 

    As part of current promotion requirements, students in first and second grade must successfully read aloud words from the High-Frequency Word Evaluation (HFWE).

    Because parents play an important role in helping their children become good readers, they are encouraged to read to their children and to have their children read to them daily. Additionally, parents can use flashcards and have students recognize high-frequency words in books and in the environment.


    High-frequency Word Evaluation Process

    Parents should receive a letter from the superintendent outlining promotion standards and the High Frequency Word Evaluation. Principals will send this letter along with a set of cards to parents of first and second graders in late August or early September. Teachers will incorporate words on the high-frequency list in their daily instruction in preparation for the fall administration of the High-Frequency Word Evaluation.


    Below find HFWE Word ListsCards, and Test Window information.


    Teachers may access all HFWE documents through the HISD Canvas or the HISD Site under Reading Language Arts. Information is posted in the appropriate grade-level folders.


    • Requirements for students in grades 1 and 2 include:
      • pass with at least 80% mastery on the High Frequency Word Exam- Recognizing and reading words that appear very often in written and spoken language.
      • meet state requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and the local requirement of an average of 70 or above in four core courses: reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
      • have sufficient attendance*  

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

    Read more to learn about Student Requirements and Promotion Standards in the district.