With Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of SB 149 on May 11, 2015, there were immediate and significant changes to the state’s assessment graduation requirements, first effective with the graduating 12th grade class of spring, 2015.
SB 149 revised the state’s assessment graduation requirements for students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, or 2016-2017 school years. A student who has failed the EOC assessment graduation requirements for no more than two courses may receive a Texas high school diploma if the student has qualified to graduate by means of an individual graduation committee (IGC). Under the legislation, a student may not graduate under an IGC if the student did not take each required EOC assessment or a commissioner-approved substitute assessment for each course for which there is an EOC assessment.On the basis of IGC review, a high school diploma may be awarded to a student on track to graduate by the end of the semester according to 28.025(a) of the State Board of Education and who have failed to comply with the end of course assessment instrument performance requirements under TEC Section 39.025 in not more than two subjects.The committee must recommend additional requirements the student must meet to be eligible to graduate, including additional remediation, as well as completion of a project related to the subject area of the course(s) for which the student failed the EOC exam(s), or preparation of portfolio work samples in the subject area of the course. The law allows students to submit previously completed coursework to satisfy a recommended requirement.After considering criteria from 15 possible sources, the individual graduation committee may determine that the student is qualified to graduate (not withstanding any other law) if:
This provision is for students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, or 2016-2017 school years and expires in 2017.Appeal: The decision of the committee is final and may not be appealed.
- the student has successfully completed all additional requirements recommended by the committee
- the student meets the requirements of 28.025(a) of the State Board of Education Additional requirements by which the student may qualify for graduation
- the committee’s vote is unanimous