Graduation Requirements Change for all Texas School Districts 02/17/14
February 17, 2014
Odessa - With the state's new change in Graduation plans, your student can now graduate high school with a focus on what they are interested in. The change is all part of House Bill 5 that passed last summer, but now it's leaving many parents confused.
The easiest way to understand this is to think like college. You have your basics, then you chose what you want to major in, it's very similar with the new high school endorsements.
“It's a very good change, I think most of us are very excited about it," said Ector County Independent School District Guidance and Counseling Director Nancy Vanley. But with change comes confusion, many parents who take a look at the House Bill 5 Handbook are overwhelmed, and are looking for answers.
"I'm very confused about it, I mean that's basically why I'm here tonight is to see how and what it even means," said an ECISD parent.
To explain, officials with ECISD held a meeting to make a confusing topic, black and white. "The purpose of it is to get students to look at careers in their high school years," said Vanley.
Students can now focus on careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. As well as arts and humanities, public service, business and multi-disciplinary. HB 5 also takes away the fourth year of math and science, but officials say because of the endorsements, students will still end with four math and science credits just focused on what the students wants to specialize in. "So you still end up with four math’s because you take it in your endorsement and you're going to pick an area that kind of lines up with that math," said Vanley.
The new law affects every school district in Texas. Vanley suggests that if a parent is still confused about how this will affect their student to contact their school district’s counselor.