New graduation requirements
Students entering the 9th grade in the 2014-15 school year will be required to meet new graduation requirements passed last legislative session as part of House Bill 5.
At the March 17 Board meeting, SAISD Trustees approved designating the new Distinguished Level of Achievement graduation plan as the recommended option to start with the class of 2018.
The Distinguished graduation plan is part of House Bill 5's new Foundation High School Program. The State Board of Education approved final graduation requirements in January. All SAISD 8th-grade students entering the 9th grade in 2014-15 will be enrolled in the Distinguished Level of Achievement plan, which includes Algebra II as one of the graduation requirements.
Community meetings were held at all middle schools in March and April to explain the new graduation plan to parents of 8th-graders. Additionally, counselors will meet with incoming freshmen and their parents in August to discuss requirements of the new plan and map out a personal graduation plan.
In addition to serving as a strong college-readiness indicator and putting our students in an advantageous position for college admission and scholarships, the Distinguished Level of Achievement plan also will give students the opportunity to be eligible to graduate in the Top 10 percent of their class, granted they meet other requirements. Texas students who graduate in the top 10 percent are eligible for automatic admission to a state-funded university.