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March 2014

H I S DHOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
| Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You
Today, we will cover:

New
Graduation
Plan for
2014-2015

Important
Decisions
Every Step
of the Way

How You
Can Help
Your...
So, What is House Bill 5 and
What Does It Change?
HB5 connects your child’s school
experience with college and a
meaningfu...
HB5: Part of a Bigger Message
Reduction in testing
Graduations
Requirements
Endorsements
Personal Graduation
Plans

Plan
Y...
When Do These Changes
Take Effect?
Next year’s entering ninth-graders
– the Class of 2018 – will be the first to
graduate ...
HISD’s Standard
26-credit Graduation Plan
Algebra II
Endorsement
22-credit Foundation
Graduation Plan

Together, these
equ...
HISD’s Standard
26-credit Graduation Plan
Four Credits:
English I
English II
English III
Advanced English Course

Four Cre...
HISD’s Standard
26-credit Graduation Plan
Four Credits:
World Geography*
World History*
U. S. History
U.S. Government (one...
Graduation Requirements:
Opt Out Procedures
 All students will start on a path to
Distinguished Level of Achievement
 If...
What Is an Endorsement?
A Way to Package Electives

H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You

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Packaging a Student’s
Electives: Endorsements
STEM
• 1 adv. Math or CTE Math
• 1 adv. Science or CTE Science
• 2 electives...
Packaging a Student’s
Electives: Endorsements
Public Services
• 1 adv. Math or CTE Math
• 1 adv. Science or CTE Science
• ...
Note: All 5 Choices Require
Advanced Science and Math
1 advanced Math
or CTE Math
1 advanced Science
or CTE Science
2 elec...
Why is Algebra II Required?

=

 Helps students score
higher on the math
portions of the SAT
and ACT
 Makes a student
el...
A New Way to Display
Accomplishments on Diplomas
Performance
Acknowledgement
1. For outstanding performance (in one of the...
Other Changes You Need
to Know About
 In middle school, advanced students may
be subject to “double-testing” – taking
bot...
New
Graduation
Plan for
2014-2015

Important
Decisions
Every Step
of the Way

How You
Can Help
Your Child
Succeed

H I S D...
HB5 Requires All of Us to Work
Together for Students’ Success
 Engaged parents
 Engaged students
 Informed counselors/
...
How Will Students Develop a
Personalized Plan?
 Middle school students will
complete a career-interest
inventory in an on...
How Will Students Develop a
Personalized Plan?
 In ninth grade (starting
in 2014-2015), a school
counselor or school
admi...
How Will Students Develop a
Personalized Plan?
 Parents will
review and sign a
copy of the
student’s personal
graduation ...
New
Graduation
Plan for
2014-2015

Important
Decisions
Every Step
of the Way

How You
Can Help
Your Child
Succeed

H I S D...
How Can I Help My Child
Make an Informed Decision?
 Review information on
Endorsements and visit school
websites to see w...
How can I prepare my child for
college and career in Elementary?
 Schedule parent-teacher conferences
on a regular basis
...
How can I prepare my child for
college and career in Middle
School?
 Maintain a strong relationship with your
child – tal...
How can I prepare my child for
college and career in High School?
 Be sure they keep their grades up
 Monitor their perf...
Resources and Tools for
Families
 HISD Website Principal Resource Page:
http://www.houstonisd.org/principal
 HISD STAAR ...
Meet your child’s high school
representatives

ENGAGED

STAKEHOLDERS

Visit your child’s
high school booth to
ask counselo...
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  1. 1. March 2014 H I S DHOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You
  2. 2. Today, we will cover: New Graduation Plan for 2014-2015 Important Decisions Every Step of the Way How You Can Help Your Child Succeed H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 2
  3. 3. So, What is House Bill 5 and What Does It Change? HB5 connects your child’s school experience with college and a meaningful career Some highlights:  Reduces the number of STAAR end-of-course exams required to graduate, from 15 to 5  Allows your child’s diploma to tell his or her story – with “Endorsements” such as STEM and “Performance Acknowledgements” for doing well on AP exams and other accomplishments  Creates a personalized learning plan in line with your child’s career interests and goals. H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 3
  4. 4. HB5: Part of a Bigger Message Reduction in testing Graduations Requirements Endorsements Personal Graduation Plans Plan Your Path New accountability system H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 4
  5. 5. When Do These Changes Take Effect? Next year’s entering ninth-graders – the Class of 2018 – will be the first to graduate under HB5 requirements Other changes have already gone into effect:  Attendance requirements – if students miss 10 percent of days a class is offered, grade will be blocked with “NG” on report card  Personal graduation plans (PGPs) signed off by parents will now be required for at-risk middle school students and all high school students  Simplified accountability system for schools – noted on report cards as “met standard” or “improvement required” H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 5
  6. 6. HISD’s Standard 26-credit Graduation Plan Algebra II Endorsement 22-credit Foundation Graduation Plan Together, these equal the Distinguished Level of Achievement – making your child eligible for Top 10% Automatic Admission HISD’s Distinguished Level of Achievement is the standard grad plan for all 9th graders. H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 6
  7. 7. HISD’s Standard 26-credit Graduation Plan Four Credits: English I English II English III Advanced English Course Four Credits: Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Additional math course Four credits: Biology Chemistry* Physics* Additional lab-based science course One Credit: Physical Education *Allows for course substitution from TEA approved courses (continued on next slide) H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 7
  8. 8. HISD’s Standard 26-credit Graduation Plan Four Credits: World Geography* World History* U. S. History U.S. Government (one-half credit) Economics (one-half credit) One Credit: Fine Arts *Allows for course substitution from TEA approved courses One half credit: Health Two Credits: Languages Other Than English (same language) or computer programming language Five and ½ credits: Electives/Endorsement specific courses H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 8
  9. 9. Graduation Requirements: Opt Out Procedures  All students will start on a path to Distinguished Level of Achievement  If, after the sophomore year or two years in high school, a change is desired, parent/guardian, student, counselor, and administrator must sign off and be in agreement to default to the Foundation Graduation Plan of 22 credits without earning an Endorsement. H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 9
  10. 10. What Is an Endorsement? A Way to Package Electives H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 10
  11. 11. Packaging a Student’s Electives: Endorsements STEM • 1 adv. Math or CTE Math • 1 adv. Science or CTE Science • 2 electives Business and Industry • 1 adv. Math or CTE Math • 1 adv. Science or CTE Science • 2 electives Arts and Humanities • 1 adv. Math or CTE Math • 1 adv. Science or CTE Science • 2 electives H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 11
  12. 12. Packaging a Student’s Electives: Endorsements Public Services • 1 adv. Math or CTE Math • 1 adv. Science or CTE Science • 2 electives Multi-disciplinary • 1 adv. Math or CTE Math • 1 adv. Science or CTE Science • 2 electives H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 12
  13. 13. Note: All 5 Choices Require Advanced Science and Math 1 advanced Math or CTE Math 1 advanced Science or CTE Science 2 electives CTE programs of study have been aligned to endorsements by campus H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 13
  14. 14. Why is Algebra II Required? =  Helps students score higher on the math portions of the SAT and ACT  Makes a student eligible for Top 10% admission to Texas colleges/universities  Not taking Algebra II can severely limit a student’s college experience H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 14
  15. 15. A New Way to Display Accomplishments on Diplomas Performance Acknowledgement 1. For outstanding performance (in one of the following): a. Dual credit courses (12 college hours, GPA of 3.0) b. Bilingual and bi-literacy (in two or more languages) c. AP test score of 3+ or IB exam score of 4+ d. PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, or ACT 2. For earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or licensure H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 15
  16. 16. Other Changes You Need to Know About  In middle school, advanced students may be subject to “double-testing” – taking both an EOC and grade-level test  HISD is limited to two district benchmarks per year (in this rule, a benchmark is defined as a test specifically designed to measure a student’s readiness for STAAR)  STAAR Modified is being discontinued (details will be sent to affected families)  English Language Learners who have been in the U.S. for 60 days will be classified as “1 Year in U.S. Schools” H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 16
  17. 17. New Graduation Plan for 2014-2015 Important Decisions Every Step of the Way How You Can Help Your Child Succeed H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 17
  18. 18. HB5 Requires All of Us to Work Together for Students’ Success  Engaged parents  Engaged students  Informed counselors/ college access coordinators/designees  Collaborative teachers and school support staff H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 18
  19. 19. How Will Students Develop a Personalized Plan?  Middle school students will complete a career-interest inventory in an online platform called Naviance.  Students may access Naviance at school and from home to develop a career interest profile and explore career fields and colleges based on their career goals. H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 19
  20. 20. How Will Students Develop a Personalized Plan?  In ninth grade (starting in 2014-2015), a school counselor or school administrator will review a student’s personal graduation plan – including endorsement and distinguished level of achievement – with the student and his or her parents H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 20
  21. 21. How Will Students Develop a Personalized Plan?  Parents will review and sign a copy of the student’s personal graduation plan H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 21
  22. 22. New Graduation Plan for 2014-2015 Important Decisions Every Step of the Way How You Can Help Your Child Succeed H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 22
  23. 23. How Can I Help My Child Make an Informed Decision?  Review information on Endorsements and visit school websites to see which programs are offered at your child’s school or at a school he/she wishes to attend  Meet with your child’s teacher H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 23
  24. 24. How can I prepare my child for college and career in Elementary?  Schedule parent-teacher conferences on a regular basis  Read with your child and encourage your child to read on his/her own  Know the STAAR testing schedule (houstonisd.org/STAAR)  Check with your child’s school about upcoming career fairs. Volunteer and participate!  Visit a college campus! H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 24
  25. 25. How can I prepare my child for college and career in Middle School?  Maintain a strong relationship with your child – talk frequently.  Encourage your child to take challenging classes, such as Pre-AP or Pre-IB courses  Make attendance a top priority and set a daily routine  Check with you child about their career interests (check their Naviance career inventory)  Visit a college campus! H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 25
  26. 26. How can I prepare my child for college and career in High School?  Be sure they keep their grades up  Monitor their performance and help them request tutoring if needed  Meet with your child’s counselor  Encourage her to take AP, IB, and dual credit courses and exams  Be sure they attend school regularly.  Visit a college campus! H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 26
  27. 27. Resources and Tools for Families  HISD Website Principal Resource Page: http://www.houstonisd.org/principal  HISD STAAR Website: http://www.houstonisd.org/staar  HISD Plan Your Path Website: Houstonisd.org/planyourpath  TEA HB 5 Website: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/graduation.aspx  HISD College Readiness Blog hisd2college.wordpress.com H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 27
  28. 28. Meet your child’s high school representatives ENGAGED STAKEHOLDERS Visit your child’s high school booth to ask counselors or designees about any questions you may have about HB5 and learn more about the school’s course offerings H I S D | Plan Your Path: House Bill 5 and You 28

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