May 31, 2012
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum and New 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter G, Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2012-2013
In January 2012, the SBOE adopted amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum to update requirements for school districts to align with recently passed legislation and provide additional clarification regarding requirements. Specific revisions to the school district requirements to be effective starting with the 2012-13 school year include the following:
- A school district must offer and maintain evidence that students have the opportunity to take IPC, biology, chemistry, physics, and at least two additional science courses. The requirement to offer two additional science courses may be reduced to one under certain circumstances.
- A school district is no longer required to offer Health 1.
- A school district must offer and maintain evidence that students have the opportunity to take at least four technology applications courses selected from the new list of 19 courses.
- A school district must teach a course that is specifically required for high school graduation at least once in any two consecutive school years. For a subject that has an end-of-course assessment, the district must either teach the course every year or employ options to enable students to earn credit for the course and must maintain evidence that it is employing those options.
In January 2012, the SBOE also adopted new 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter G, describing graduation requirements to take effect beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the 2012-13 school year. The new subchapter updates the graduation requirements to align with legislation passed during the 82nd Legislative Session in 2011, allows additional courses to satisfy certain graduation requirements, and provides additional clarification regarding requirements. Specific revisions to the graduation requirements to be effective starting with students who enter grade 9 in the 2012-13 school year include the following.
- A student on the Minimum High School Program (MHSP) may take Principles of Technology to satisfy the physics requirement if he or she takes chemistry and physics instead of IPC.
- On the Recommended High School Program (RHSP), there are no longer course sequence requirements for mathematics, except if a student takes Math Models with Applications or a CTE course to satisfy the fourth mathematics requirement.
- On the RHSP and Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), CTE courses that may satisfy the fourth mathematics requirement may be taken after the successful completion of Algebra I and geometry and either after the successful completion of or concurrently with Algebra II.
- On the RHSP and DAP, CTE courses that may satisfy the fourth science requirement may be taken after the successful completion of biology and chemistry and either after the successful completion of or concurrently with physics.
- On the DAP, there are no longer course sequence requirements for science, except if a student takes a CTE course to satisfy the fourth science requirement.
- A student may not combine a half credit of a course for which there is an end-of-course assessment with another half credit to satisfy a graduation requirement.
- In accordance with local district policy, a student may satisfy a graduation requirement for which there are multiple options with one-half credit of one allowable option and one-half credit of a second allowable option if neither course has an end-of-course assessment.
- A student may now take Digital Art and Animation or 3-D Modeling and Animation to satisfy the fine arts graduation requirement.
- A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to disability or illness may substitute an academic elective credit (English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies) for the physical education credit requirement.
- A student may not be enrolled in a course that has a required prerequisite unless the student has completed the prerequisite course(s); the student has demonstrated equivalent knowledge as determined by the school district; or the student was already enrolled in the course in an out-of-state, an out-of-country, or a Texas nonpublic school and transferred to a Texas public school prior to successfully completing the course.
- A district may award credit for a course a student completed without having met the prerequisites if the student completed the course in an out-of-state, an out-of-country, or a Texas nonpublic school where there was not a prerequisite.
To view the new graduation requirements please visit our website at the following address: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/graduation.aspx
For questions about the graduation requirements, please contact the Curriculum Division by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (512) 463-9581.
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