2 Earning a High School Diploma The High School Diploma is key to:Enrolling in post-secondary school educationEnlisting in United States military servicesObtaining employment and career advancement opportunitiesAccessing higher paying jobs
3 Why a NEW graduation plan? PURPOSE: Plan for graduation that includes meaningful flexibility to earn a high school diploma with appropriate and rigorous foundation courses aligned to endorsement areas for college and career preparation.
4 Current Graduation Plans Current Graduation plans include:Minimum High School Program (MHSP)Recommended High School Program (RHSP)Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP)**For top 10% college admission rule (7% University of Texas), a student MUST earn a Distinguished Level of Achievement.
5 New Graduation PlansBeginning :The Commissioner of Education adopted a plan to replace the MHSP, RHSP & DAP
6 New Graduation Plans The new plans include: The Foundation High School Program(22 credits)The Foundation High School Program with Endorsements(26 credits)The Distinguished Level of Achievement
7 New Graduation Plans 2014-2015 Graduation Plan Flowchart AVAILABLE IN SPANISH
8 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation Physical Education: One creditLanguages Other Than English (LOTE): Two credits in the same language (including Computer Science I, II, or III; Computer Programming Language (coming in )Fine Arts: One creditElectives: Five credits
9 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation A specific speech course will not be a requirement under the Foundation High School Program.However, NEW Requirement: to receive a high school diploma, a student must demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the district in which the student is enrolled, in:delivering clear verbal messageschoosing effective nonverbal behaviorslistening for desired resultsapplying valid critical-thinking and problem-solving processesidentifying, analyzing, developing, and evaluating communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and personal and professional presentations
10 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation Incoming 9th grade students will begin under the Distinguished Level of Achievement program*Current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade students ( school year) must be given a choice to graduate under the MHSP, RHSP, DAP, or Foundation High School Program.*Unless otherwise determined by an ARD committee
11 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation A student may elect to graduate WITHOUT an endorsement only after the student’s 10th grade yearThe student & parent must be advised of the benefits of graduating from high school with an endorsement, AND the parent files a written permission allowing the student to graduate FOUNDATION only
12 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation Beginning in the school year, a school district must ensure that each student upon entering ninth grade indicates, in writing, an endorsement that the student intends to earn (PGP).A district must permit a student to choose, at any time, to earn an endorsement other than the endorsement the student previously indicated.NOTE: the challenge of changing endorsements AND still meeting the requirements of an endorsement.
13 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Foundation “Advanced” Courses SBOE released a list of courses from which districts can locally determine the courses they will offerJudson C & I Dept. has met to determine these courses and a list of Foundation Advanced Courses will be made available to the campusesContent included: English, Science, MathCTE “advanced” courses are already identified in the coherent sequence
15 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements A student may earn an endorsement by successfully completing:curriculum requirements for the endorsementfour credits in mathematicsfour credits in sciencetwo additional elective credits
16 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements A school district defines their advanced courses (from the approved SBOE list) and determines the coherent sequence of courses for an endorsement area (provided that prerequisites are followed).A course completed as part of the set of four courses needed to satisfy an endorsement requirement may also satisfy a requirement under the foundation high school program (including an elective requirement).
17 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements HB5 language is very specific regarding meeting the requirements of an endorsement:For example - STEM(A) a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster including at least one advanced CTE course(B) a coherent sequence of four credits in computer science selected from the following:(C) A total of five credits in mathematics by successfully completing
18 STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS: Endorsements For example - Business & Industry(A)a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster including at least one advanced CTE coursefour English elective credits by selecting three levels in one of the following areas:four technology applications credits by selecting from the following:
19 GENERAL COURSES PRE-AP / AP* DUAL CREDIT* IB* TAG* In addition to Foundational Level classes, the following levels of courses are offered:GENERAL COURSESPRE-AP / AP*DUAL CREDIT*IB*TAG**Requires completion of the Challenge Agreement – student and parent/guardian signature is required
20 Pre-AP, AP and IB Courses AP/IB courses give students a head start on collegeTaking AP/IB courses can help students gain college admission; test scores can earn college credit and placement into advanced courses.Grades are weighted and can help improve class ranking
21 Dual Credit CoursesJISD has academic and technical dual credit partnerships agreements with several post-secondary institutionsStudents earn high school and college credit at the same timeA qualifying score on an entrance exam (TSI) must be met before enrolling in a dual credit course
22 What is AP? AP stands for Advanced Placement These are stand-alone classes and testsCollege credit may be granted if a score on the AP test is high enoughContent and expectations are directed by the College BoardStudents can by-pass entry level courses
23 What is IB?Coursework with a global perspective designed to meet global standardsMajor components include thinking and writingDiploma guarantees 24 semester credits at any Texas state universityThere are IB programs in over 138 countries
24 Scheduling Recommendation All incoming 9th grade students are encouraged to select:English IBiology (Chemistry Pre-AP if Biology credit has been awarded)World GeographyAlgebra I (Geometry Pre-AP if Algebra I credit has been awarded)Language other than English (Spanish, German or French)Endorsement (introduction course pathway dependent upon endorsement selection)Elective* (athletic and/or general/recommended elective)Alternate course (in cases where first elective request is not available)*Elective course is dependent upon successful completion and promotion. Student may be administratively placed in a remedial and/or support class based on state assessment results.
25 Other Important HB5 Updates Personal Graduation PlansPerformance AcknowledgementsState Assessment Requirements
26 Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) Starting in (by the end of 9th grade) there must be a high school Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) for EACH studentPGP must be confirmed and signed by parent/guardian.Endorsement must be chosen at entry into 9th grade
27 Performance Acknowledgements A student may earn a performance acknowledgment (on their transcript):for outstanding performancea dual credit coursein bilingualism and biliteracyon an AP test or IB examon the PSAT, the ACT-Plan, the SAT, or the ACTfor earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license
28 State Assessment Requirements under HB 5 Five End of Course (EOC) test (subject based)Algebra 1English I and IIBiologyUS History
30 Thank You! For information, refer to: For questions, please contact your campus Professional School CounselorFor information, refer to:JISD Guidance and CounselingRegion 20 Service CenterTexas Education AgencyThank You!30