In order for HISD students to be promoted to the next grade level, they must show that they have learned what the State of Texas requires of all public school children. HISD “Promotion Standards” generally include classroom grades and a local or state test. Details about the standards are available online through your child’s school.
Grading and Report Cards 2012–2013
|Academic Subjects ||Conduct |
|90–100 = excellent ||E = excellent |
|80–89 = good; above average ||S = satisfactory |
|75–79 = satisfactory; average ||P = poor; below average |
|70–74 = passing; below average ||U = unsatisfactory |
|below 70 = unsatisfactory; failing || |
In high school, a student’s total credits determine the student’s classification—i.e., what grade level or “year” the student is in. Board of Education policy concerning classification is described in HISD Board Policy EIE(LOCAL).
|Credits Earned ||Classification (year) |
|0–5.5 ||grade 9 (freshman) |
|6–11.5 ||grade 10 (sophomore) |
|12–17.5 ||grade 11 (junior) |
|18 or more ||grade 12 (senior) |
Grades and Extracurricular Activities
Under the state’s “no pass/no play” law, eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities during the first six weeks of the school year is determined by a student’s grades from the final grading cycle of the previous school year or the number of credits earned during the previous school year. After the first six weeks, a student who receives a grade lower than 70 (or the equivalent) in any academic course is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities during the first three school weeks of the next grading period. During that time the student may continue to practice or rehearse with other students but may not take part in any competition or public performance
|Nine-Week Grading Periods (used in elementary schools and certain secondary schools) |
|First Grading Period: ||August 27 to October 19 |
|Second Grading Period: ||October 22 to December 21 |
|Third Grading Period: ||January 8 to March 22 |
|Fourth Grading Period: ||March 25 to June 6 |
Elementary schools (and certain secondary schools) send report cards to parents four times during the year, shortly after the end of each nine-week grading period: October 26, January 11, March 28, and June 6 (elementary and middle schools) and June 14 (high schools).