Career Cluster

Grouping of similar pathways under each endorsement 

College and Career Pathway

Courses of study that when completed lead to the earning of an endorsement.

College Readiness

Standards for each subject which indicated a student is ready for courses in institute of higher education 

Course Credit

a unit of measures that provides a value to the time of an academic course taken at the school.

Distinguished Level of Achievement

An earned level of academic achievement beyond the Foundation Graduation Program that requires 26 course credits, including Algebra II, additional Science Credit, and an endorsement. This is the prescribed plan for all students who entered grade 9 in school year 2014-15 and thereafter.


An addition to the graduation plan that signifies course focus in specialized areas. Endorsements can be earned in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Business and Industry, Public Services, Arts and Humanities, and Multidisciplinary Studies.


STAAR End of Course exam. Required for Algebra I, Biology, U.S. History, English I and English II.

Foundation Graduation Plan

New graduation plan that requires 22 course credits.


Acronym for House Bill 5, the new law passed in Texas on June 10, which creates new rules for graduation and student testing.

Performance Acknowledgement

Indicator on student diploma and transcript for outstanding performance in a dual credit course; Bilingualism and Biliteracy; on a college AP test; on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT; or for earning a nationally internationally recognized business or industry certification or license.


State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. Replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Annual assessment for grades 3-8 in reading mathematics; assessments in writing at grade 4 and 7; in science at grade 5 and 8; and in social studies at grade 8.


Texas Success Initiative is a program designed to help determine readiness for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics.