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This site will provide you with information regarding the Texas high school graduation requirements.


House Bill 5

Information Regarding the Foundation High School Program


Information Regarding Minimum High School Program (MHSP)

Information regarding automatic college admission


Official State Board of Education Administrative Rules Regarding Graduation Requirements

Foundation High School Program Graduation Requirements, Adopted January 2014

Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in 2012-13 and thereafter

Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, or 2011-12

Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in 2004-05, 2005-06, or 2006-07

Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in 2001-02, 2002-03, or 2003-04


The State Board of Education adopted changes to the high school graduation requirements in January 2012. These requirements were effective beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the 2012-13 school year. View Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in 2012-13 and 2013-2014 school years.  

2013-2014 Side by Side Graduation Program Requirements (for students entering high school in 2012-2013 and later) (PDF, 120KB)

2012-2013 Side by Side Graduation Program Requirements (for students entering high school in 2012-2013 and later) (PDF, 120KB)


The State Board of Education adopted changes to the high school graduation requirements in January 2010. These requirements were effective beginning in the 2010-11 school year.

Correspondence to Districts

2011-2012 Side by Side Graduation Program Requirements (for students who entered high school prior to 2012-2013) (PDF, 77KB) 

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 311KB)


House Bill 3

House Bill (HB) 3, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature, includes changes to graduation requirements effective Sept. 1, 2009. The legislation does not permit the State Board of Education to designate a specific course or a specific number of credits in the enrichment curriculum as requirements for the recommended program, except as explicitly allowed in statute.

Text of House Bill 3 (outside source)


Curriculum Division
curriculum@tea.state.tx.us
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581 

August 21, 2014

STAAR performance standards maintained for 2014-2015

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified districts and charters that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will maintain initial academic performance standards (Phase-In 1) for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program for the 2014–2015 school year.

August 20, 2014

Commissioner Williams sends charter school decisions to SBOE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today advised members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) of his decision to grant five Generation 19 charter schools.

August 20, 2014

TEA releases TELL survey highlights

The Texas Education Agency today released the findings of the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) survey taken by more than 83,000 educators. The survey examined whether teachers have the support necessary to teach effectively.

August 19, 2014

Number of Texas students taking ACT hits new high

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has announced that the number of Texas students in the 2014 graduating class taking the ACT college admission test hit a new high.