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House Bill 5

House Bill 5 and Center High School Graduation Requirements

New legislation under HB5 will impact several areas in the Texas Education Code.  This new law will significantly change the requirements for High School graduation, graduation and planning and the state testing requirements at all levels.

HB5 is designed to instill more flexibility in public education by enabling students to choose to pursue a traditional path into colleges and universities or to move directly into the workforce to help fill what business leaders say is a critical skills shortage.

Center High School wants to make this change as painless as possible.  Below is some information to help you understand the new law, the reduction in testing requirements and what Center High School requires to make each CHS student successful.

Beginning with students entering the ninth grade in the 2014-2015 school year (Class of 2018), students will enroll in the courses necessary to complete the curriculum requirements for the Foundation High School Program and the curriculum requirements for at least one endorsement.

The Foundation plan at Center High School requires students to earn 28 credits to graduate in the areas listed below.  In addition, passing scores on the five STAAR EOC (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness End Of Course) are required.


  • 4 English Language Arts
  • 4 Mathematics
  • 3 Social Studies
  • 4 Science
  • 1 Fine Arts
  • 2 Languages Other Than English
  • ½ Speech
  • ½ Health
  • 1 Technology
  • 1 Physical Education
  • 7 Electives



In addition, there are five possible areas of endorsements.  All students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2014 must select an endorsement.  Areas of endorsement are:


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Industry
  • Public Service
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Multidisciplinary Studies


Click here for the Foundation Graduation Plan for Center ISD.  Keep in mind that Center ISD has set standards at 28 credits.  This is above the requirements of 22 credits set by the state.

HB5 Community Engagement Summary  new!



TEA Website


FAQ’s Foundation Graduation Plan

FAQ’s Endorsements


Who can I contact for more information?  School principals, counselors and teachers are receiving information and training to support students and ensure their success as we adjust to these changes.   If you have questions or need additional information, please email us.

Center Independent School District
P.O. Box 1689  |  107 PR 605  |  Center, Texas 75935
(936) 598-5642

Business Hours Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 4:30PM

The Center Independent School District, as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or age in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment decisions. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.


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