HISD Secondary Promotion Standards
The following information is current as of the 2015-16 school year. Amendments may be made, and this information will be updated as needed.
Before middle-school students in the Houston Independent School District are promoted to the next grade level, they must show that they have learned what the State of Texas requires of all public school children. Because HISD wants students to make academic progress, it is important that parents and students know what is needed to be promoted. Parents are key partners in ensuring academic achievement, and HISD strongly encourages you to familiarize yourself with these promotion standards.
The Houston Independent School District uses two different academic measures to decide whether a student will be promoted to the next grade level. They are course grades and a criterion-referenced test; State of Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (STAAR).
Please note that attendance may also affect a student's promotion to the next grade level, since Secondary School Guidelines define a limit of seven percent unexcused absences during the school year. For a student enrolled 180 days, the student would fail with 13 or more unexcused absences.
For more detailed information on HISD promotion standards, including minimum standards for STAAR and promotion/retention procedures for students eligible for special education services, click here.