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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 

October 01, 2014

TEA releases Community and Student Engagement ratings

The Texas Education Agency today released Community and Student Engagement ratings for the state’s school districts, charters and campuses. Under House Bill 5 passed in 2013, all districts and charters are required to evaluate their performance, as well as the performance of each campus, in regard to community and student engagement. Districts must assign one of four performance ratings – Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable or Unacceptable.    

September 30, 2014

Permanent School Fund becomes nation's largest educational endowment

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today that the Permanent School Fund has reached a record high value in 2014, making it the largest educational endowment in the country.

September 30, 2014

25 Texas schools receive 2014 national Blue Ribbon honors

 Twenty-five Texas public school nominated by the Texas Education Agency have been awarded Blue Ribbon honors for 2014.

September 23, 2014

TEA identifies 11 schools for best practice case studies project

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified 11 campuses across the state to take part in a best practices case studies project. Each of the 11 campuses were designated by TEA as High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward School.