Graduation Checklist

Graduation Checklist
Reach your Goal

  • Keep track of your high school credits to be sure you will meet all local and state requirements by the end of your senior year.
  • Consider taking Advanced Placement or dual enrollment course to earn college credit while still in high school.
  • Begin keeping a list of the awards and honors you receive (handy for scholarship applications) as well as extracurricular activities.
  • During your sophomore year, begin researching the universities or colleges you are interested in attending. Check what prerequisites are required for admittance and any time lines required for applications.
  • Explore your interests and take advantage of Career Day opportunities.
  • If you are not sure what college or university you are interested in,
  • attend the college nights hosted by your high school. While you have the opportunity, be sure to talk with school representatives about what
  • types of financial aid may be available.
  • If possible, take the Preliminary
  • SAT/National Merit Scholarship
  • Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
  • in your sophomore year for
  • practice,but in your junior year,
  • take the PSAT for eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship
  • Competition. Students who take
  • the PSAT tend to score higher on
  • the SAT than those who do not.
  • Check with your counselor’s office to learn about available scholarships.
  • Be sure to begin applying early and
  • for as many scholarships as possible.
  • Do not limit yourself just to local scholarships.
  • Sign up and take the ACT and/or
  • SAT test, preferably in your junior
  • year but no later than the fall of your senior year.

STAAR End - of - Course Requirements

  • Each EOC assessment will be scored on a scale of 0 - 100
  • Students must score at least 60 for the score to count towards their cumulative score.
  • Students scoring below 60 must retake the assessment each time it is administered.
  • Students scoring below 70 will receive accelerated instruction.
  • Any student may retake an EOC assessment for any reason.
  • A student’s cumulative score is determined using the student’s highest score on each EOC assessment.
  • Student is not required to retake course as a condition of retaking assessment.
  • School district shall provide accelerated instruction to each student who fails to perform satisfactorily.

Purpose:

To measure students’ academic performance in core high school
courses and become part of the
graduation requirements.


Excellence Every Day

  • Freshmen Class of 2011-2012 is the first group to have EOC as a graduation requirement
  • A student’s score on each EOC assessment will be worth 15% of the student’s final grade for that course
  • EOC assessments include special
  • purpose questions to measure:
  • College readiness
  • Readiness for advanced coursework

Implementation:

In 2007, Senate Bill 1031 was passed requiring the phase out of high school
TAKS and replacing it with State of
Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course assessments rather than a grade
specific test covering four subject
areas for secondary-level courses in:
Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry,
Chemistry, Physics, English I,
English II, English III, World
Geography, World History, and
United States History.


Minimum Graduation Plan:

For students on minimum graduation
plan ~

  • Cumulative score is based on number of courses taken for which an end-of-course assessment exists
  • Cumulative score requirement may vary by subject area

Recommended High School Program:


In addition to meeting cumulative
score requirement in each of four
core content areas, students on recommended high school program
have to perform satisfactorily on ~

  • Algebra II assessment
  • English III assessment

Distinguished Achievement Program:

In addition to meeting cumulative
score requirement in each of four
core content areas, students on distinguished achievement program
have to perform satisfactorily on
college-readiness component of ~
Algebra II assessment
English III assessment

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Plan for phase-out of HS TAKS and phase-in of EOC assessments
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