Texas high schools face graduation requirement changes


POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 5:56pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 5:57pm

Texas high schools will be making some changes starting in 2014.

Changes that are necessary to graduate.

House bill 5 reduced the number of tests you need to graduate from 15 to 5.

And now, you must take a foreign language to get out of high school.

"Those will replace the old graduation plans which were a minimum, a recommended and a distinguish plan, now there is going to be one major plan and they are going to have five endorsements with that one main plan," said lead counselor David Ramsey.

Incoming freshman will now have to choose between a foundational plan:

"Four years of English, three years in math, three years of social studies," said Lindale high school principal Casey Neal.

Or the distinguished plan.

But, administrators still have questions on what the distinguished plan requires.

Lindale high school principal Neal Casey said all students, under the new requirements, have to take at least two years of a foreign language, either Spanish or computer programming.

And starting in 2014, Neal said freshman will also choose from five endorsement classes.

"Science and technology and engineering, advanced math, business and industry public services, art and multi disciplinary studies."

Ramsey said the new requirements will allow those students who do not plan on going to college, more class options to prepare them for the workforce.

"Not all of them are planning on going to college and so I think it will be good for them to have some other career path ways to direct them into."

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