House Bill
House Bill 5 (HB 5), signed into law this summer by Governor Rick Perry, renovates high school testing requirements and provides students with increased flexibility in course selections for their graduation plan. This flexibility allows students to select a focused graduation plan, or endorsements, which creates strands of learning for students as they complete their high school plan.

What does this mean for GCISD?

Snapshot of New Graduation Requirements
Class of 2018 & Beyond

Foundation HIgh School Program (FHSP)
26 Credits
FHSP + Endorsements
Distinguished Level of Achievement
26 Credits
4 Credits English
3 Credits Math (Algebra II recommended)
3 Credits Science
4 Credits Social Studies
2 Credits Languages other than English
1 Credit Physical Education
1 Credit Fine Arts
1/2 Credit Speech*
1/2 Credit Health
1 Credit Technology
6 Credits Elective Courses
Students cannot choose this plan until the end of their 10th grade school year and with administrative approval. 
4 Credits English
4 Credits Math (Algebra II required)
4 Credits Science
4 Credits Social Studies
2 Credits Languages other than English
1 Credit Physical Education
1 Credit Fine Arts
1/2 Credit Speech*
1/2 Credit Health
1 Credit Technology
4 Credits Elective Courses 
Four credits of the 26 required credits must be in a coherent sequence and content-specific to the student's Endorsement Area (see below).

 

ENDORSEMENTS
STEM
Business & Industry
Arts & Humanities
Public Services
Multi-Disciplinary
Science
Engineering
Mathematics
Advanced Journalism 
Agriculture
Arts, A/V Tech & Communications
Business Management & Administration
Finance 
Hospitality & Tourism
Information Technology
Marketing
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics 
LOTE
Art
Theatre Arts
Choir
Band
Social Studies 
Education & Training
Health Science 
Core Academics
Multi-Endorsement
Workforce Ready
College Ready 
* - Debate available for incoming Freshmen

Resources

TEA offers graduation toolkit to students, parents, school counselorsCommissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Commission, has available a graduation toolkit for students, parents and school counselors. The toolkit provides essential information regarding the new graduation plan under House Bill 5, which was passed by the Texas Legislature last year. House Bill 5 provides for a more flexible graduation program for all students who enter high school beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Commissioner Williams believes that information and early planning are now critical steps for all students and parents in preparing for high school and beyond.
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5/Toolkit_081114.pdf

Comparison of GCISD Graduation Plans
For Current and Future Students
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5//hb5/GradPlanComparison_021414.pdf

GCISD Graduation Plan
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5//hb5/GCISD_GraduationPlan.pdf

House Bill 5 Presentation (ENGLISH)
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5//hb5/HB5_Presentation.pdf

House Bill 5 Presentation (SPANISH)
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5//hb5/HB5_Presentation_Spanish.pdf

Program of Studies for 2014-2015
For Students entering high school prior to 2014-2015 and beyond
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5/POS_14_15.pdf

Program of Studies for 2014-2015 (Addendum)
For Students entering high school prior to 2014-2015 and beyond
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5/hb5/GCISD_ProgramOfStudies_Addendum.pdf

GCISD Graduation Plan (Class of 2018 and beyond)
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5/GCISD_GradPlan2018AndBeyond.pdf

Multidisciplinary Studies Endorsement Template
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Departments/Counseling Services/House Bill 5/MultidisciplinaryStudiesEndorsementGCISD.pdf