More than 2,000 of HISD’s 12,000 eighth-grade families “met” Tuesday, April 29, in two Tele-Town Halls in English and Spanish to hear a panel of experts answer their questions about how recent state legislation is changing their students’ planning for high school graduation, higher education, and careers.
The district placed automated calls to families, who could then participate in an informative discussion without attending a formal meeting. From the convenience of their homes, offices, cars – or wherever they received the calls — they learned about new pathways of study that will personalize students’ high school experience as mandated in the package of state legislation known as House Bill 5.
Juniors who have been identified as needing a boost toward college readiness are being offered the chance to sign up for preparatory classes in mathematics and English language arts in their senior year.
The courses are being developed through a partnership between HISD and the Houston Community College System as part of recent state legislation, known as House Bill 5.
Parents of current eighth-graders will be receiving a phone call from HISD at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 that will allow them to participate in a live “Tele-Town Hall” meeting to learn about changes coming next school year to high school courses, graduation requirements, and college and career pathways.
A surprise caller will invite parents to click in to a live “meeting,” conducted by ABC-13’s Cynthia Cisneros in English and a separate meeting in Spanish, to learn more about how the state legislation known as House Bill 5 will affect their students’ planning for high school, higher education, and careers.
HISD principals will be on hand to discuss HISD’s 26-credit Distinguished Level of Achievement graduation plan that requires Algebra II and the choice of an “endorsement” – the equivalent of a college major.
Changes in STAAR exams and end-of-course tests. Personal Graduation Plans and Endorsements. Naviance, career interest inventories, requirements and schedules.
All the new terms and requirements brought by the Texas Legislature’s House Bill 5 regulations can be daunting, to be sure – but they become much clearer and simpler to understand with HISD’s unique “Plan Your Path” gameboard.