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Learning Leadership & Innovation
House Bill 5 (HB5)
How does HB5 impact SISD students?
HB5 was signed by the Texas governor on June 10, 2013. The passage of House Bill 5 impacts testing, accountability, and graduation plans for Texas students.

How does HB5 impact testing and accountability?
Texas high school students need to pass five end-of-course exams to meet state graduation requirements. High school students must take and meet standard on the following STAAR end-of-course (EOC) exams: Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History. HB 5 eliminates the requirement that districts include the EOC results as 15 percent of course grades.

How does HB5 impact graduation planning?

On January 31, 2014, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) approved final graduation plan requirements. The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees approved the Distinguished Plan as the default plan for all incoming 2014-2015 9th graders.

Graduation Plans under HB5
Students entering 9th grade during the 2014-2015 school year:
  • The following are options offered under HB5:
    • *Distinguished Level of Achievement - 26 credits (Foundation Plan + Endorsements, including Algebra II)

    • Foundation Plan with Endorsements - 26 Credits

    • Foundation Plan - 22 Credits (only available after 10th grade, and with written parent/guardian permission)

  • Students must select an endorsement (in writing)
    • Counselors will support students as they identify their interests to match them with an endorsement

*The Seguin ISD default graduation plan is the Distinguished Level of Achievement.

Students entering 9th grade before the 2014-2015 school year:
  • May choose to move to the new Foundation Plan

  • A parent or guardian must give written permission to move to the Foundation Plan. Students are encouraged to consider their long-range career and college plans before making Foundation Plan choices.

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