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 Subjects Grade 3 Reading and Math Grade 4 Reading, Math, and Writing Grade 5 Reading, Math, and Science
- Fifth-graders must pass STAAR Reading and Math to be promoted to the next grade level.
- STAAR Modified will no longer be used – new information will be given to affected families on testing for students with special needs.
Students take grade-level STAAR tests in Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies.
Grade Subjects Grade 6 Reading and Math Grade 7 Reading, Math, and Writing Grade 8 Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies
- Students who take Algebra I as a seventh-grader or an eighth-grader are only required to take the Algebra I End-of-Course exam (EOC) this year. Middle school students taking Algebra I WILL NOT be required to take the grade-level STAAR math assessment in addition to the Algebra I EOC.
- Looking ahead to high school, students will review their endorsement options with a teacher or school counselor.
- Eighth-graders must pass STAAR Reading and Math to be promoted to the next grade level.
- Students who are not demonstrating academic success will develop Personal Graduation Plans before entering high school.
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