Upon enrollment in the 9th grade, students must indicate in writing an Endorsement to pursue.Â With an emphasis on a selected "Endorsement Pathway" throughout the secondary curriculum, students will have the opportunity to develop one or more specific career interests. The goal is not only for students to explore career options, but to develop their skills and have a clearer vision of their career goals.Â The 5 Endorsements available to students under HB5 are outlined below:Â
Personal Graduation Plans
House Bill 5 requires universal Personal Graduation Plans (PGPs) for all high school students.Â The Plan is a working document to be used by both the counselor and student to track completion of graduation requirements and coursework progress.Â Requiring both parent and student signatures, PGPs are a commitment towards individualized student attention focused on graduation.Â The PGP ensures college and career readiness.
ESC-Region 19 has developed a Suggested Personal Graduation Plan to provide assistance for area counselors in conversations and meetings with students and parents regarding HB5 graduation requirements.
Programs of Study
A program of study serves as a tool to document student progress towards completing the Foundation Plan with a required Endorsement.Â Closely aligned to a student’s PGP, the program of study aligns a career pathway to the overall graduation course requirements.Â It is the "blueprint" for college and career readiness.
Programs of Study have been created for each of the 16 career clusters leading to the 5 Endorsements.Â Achieve Texas provides Programs of Study models as recommendations.Â Students are advised to work with their counselors for individualized guidance on meeting specific college and career readiness needs.Â The Programs of Study models should be used along with other pertinent resources to determine course selections and establish a coherent sequence of courses tailored to student interests.