What is the Foundation High School Graduation Program?
    House Bill 5 (HB 5), passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, made significant changes to the state's graduation requirements that will affect the 2014-15 freshman class and beyond.
    The new graduation requirements are referred to as the Foundation High School Program.
    Key aspects of the program include required Foundation Plan courses, an endorsement selection, changes to the STAAR EOC testing program, and opportunities to earn performance acknowledgements. 

    Personal Graduation Plan (PGP)

    All students entering 9th grade in 2014-15 or after, will be required to complete AT LEAST the 22 credits listed in the Foundation Plan and select an endorsement area of additional credits. 

    This new program offers students a lot of flexibility in planning their path to graduation.  Students will meet with their counselors to determine their own Personal Graduation Plan (PGP).

    Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who will be required to complete the Foundation High School Program?

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           All students entering 9th grade in 2014-15 or after, will be required to complete Foundation High School Program. 
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  • What courses are required in the Foundation High School Program?

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    Foundation High School Program

    (22 credits)

    ·         4 credits in English

    ·         3 credits in math

    ·         3 credits in science

    ·         3 credits in social studies

    ·         1 credit in physical education

    ·         2 credits in Language Other than English (LOTE)

    ·         1 credit in Fine Arts

    ·         5 credits chosen from electives


    Students then choose an endorsement

    Foundation + Endorsements:

    (26 credits)

    ·         a total of 4 credits in math

    ·         a total of 4 credits in science

    ·         two additional elective credits

    ·         curriculum requirements for the endorsement

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  • What are the STAAR EOC testing requirements for graduating under the Foundation High School Program?

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           Students must pass the following five End-of-Course Exams in order to graduate:
    • Algebra I
    • Biology
    • English I (includes reading and writing)
    • English II (includes reading and writing)
    • U.S. History


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  • When must a student choose an endorsement area?

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           8th grade students will select an endorsement when meeting with their counselor in the spring to create their Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) for high school.
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  • What is an endorsement and what are the avaliable options?

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    An endorsement is completing a coherent sequence of courses that may lead to a career path.

    Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, each incoming ninth grader must indicate in writing an endorsement choice with the goal of completing 4 or more credits within that area of study.

    HB 5 stipulated five endorsement options. MISD offers a variety of courses that could fit under each endorsement area.

    STEM Endorsement

    Includes courses directly related to: courses in science (including environmental science), technology (including computer science), engineering and advanced mathematics.

    Related CTE career clusters

    • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

    Business and Industry Endorsement

    Includes courses directly related to database management, Information technology, communications, accounting, finance, marketing, graphic design, architecture, construction, welding, logistics, automotive technology, and agricultural science.

    Related CTE career clusters

    • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
    • Architecture & Construction
    • Business Management and Administration
    • Finance
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Information Technology
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

    Public Services Endorsement

    Includes courses directly related to: education and training, government and public administration, human services, law, public safety, corrections and securities.

    Related CTE career clusters

    • Education & Training
    • Government & Public Administration
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • Law, Public Safety, Corrections& Security

    Arts & Humanities Endorsement

    Includes courses related to political science, world languages, cultural studies, English literature, history, and fine arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre.)

    Multidisciplinary Studies Endorsement

    Allows students to select courses from the curriculum of each endorsement area and earn credits in a variety of advanced courses from multiple content areas sufficient to complete the distinguished level of achievement.

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  • Will colleges and universities change their entrance requirements?

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    At this point, we are not aware of any major changes that Texas colleges and universities might be making in their entrance requirements.  We encourage parents and students to work with their counselors to plan a course of study in high school that best fits with the student’s interests and aptitudes, but also provides a solid foundation for college and career success. As students begin researching post-secondary options, they need to make sure they are aware of entrance requirements for each individual college or university.  
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