New graduation requirements under Texas House Bill 5 went into effect starting with students who entered the 9th grade in the 2014-15 school year.
In March 2014, SAISD Trustees approved designating the new Distinguished Level of Achievement graduation plan, which includes Algebra II, as the recommended graduation option to start with the class of 2018. The Distinguished graduation plan is part of House Bill 5's new Foundation High School Program.
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.