Graduation Information

During the past several decades, Texas educators have worked hard to implement stay-in-school programs. Consequently, the graduation rate is on the rise. A National Center for Education Statistics report finds that Texas now has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. A graduation plan created by state lawmakers in 2013 is designed to give students the flexibility to follow their interests by creating "endorsements" or specialized areas of study. Beginning with the Class of 1987, the state has required students to pass state standardized tests, as well as their classes, in order to earn a high school diploma.


The 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, passed SB 30, also known as the Community Safety Education Act. The legislation requires the SBOE to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to establish the respective responsibilities of each agency in developing instruction, including curriculum and instructional modules, on proper interaction with peace officers during traffic stops and other in-person encounters.

Two videos are being developed that will include traffic stop simulations and will support instruction in proper interaction with peace officers. Additionally, the following resource will be provided to educators to support the instruction.

Community Safety Education Act

You may submit comments or feedback on this draft resource to TEA at Please indicate “Community Safety Education Act" in the subject line. Feedback will be accepted through August 6, 2018.

State Graduation Requirements

Students follow the high school graduation plan that was in place when they began ninth grade. The four graduation plans currently in use require students to earn 22 to 26 course credits.  

The state's newest graduation plan, created by House Bill 5 passed during the 2013 Texas legislative session, is called the Foundation High School Program. Students entering ninth grade beginning with the 2014-2015 school year are automatically enrolled in this graduation program.

Students must pass five end-of-course assessments to meet the testing requirements for graduation. Those tests cover Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and U.S. History. 

High School Diplomas for Veterans

Some veterans who dropped out of  a Texas public high school to serve in the U.S. Military are eligible to receive a high school diploma.

Automatic College Admissions

Students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class are eligible for automatic admission into Texas public universities.

Graduation  Reports

The Texas Education Agency produces a variety of graduation reports. The Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools report is produced annually. Campus summaries provide a detailed look at the graduation, transfer and dropout rates on individual campuses.