BIG CHANGES IN GRADUATION PLANS MEAN MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR STUDENTSIn May 2013, Texas lawmakers passed legislation, known as House Bill 5, which calls for new graduation requirements for all high school students. Students will now have greater flexibility to choose courses which match their interests and career goals. BEGINNING WITH FRESHMEN IN 2014-2015, all students as they enter high school will create a personal graduation plan and they will choose one of five endorsement areas - like a college major - which will better prepare them for success after high school.The legislation also reduces the number of end-of-course (EOC) tests high school students have to pass to graduate. Instead of taking 15 EOC tests, students will now take 5: Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and US History. And, the end-of-course tests no longer make up 15 percent of a student’s overall grade.Counselors and teachers are working closely with students and parents, especially 8th and 9th graders, to make sure they understand all of the options and design a high school plan which address their particular college and career goals.FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM + ENDORSEMENTS + ALGEBRA II = SUCCESSThe basis of the new graduation plan is the 22-credit Foundation High School Program which replaces the old 22-credit Minimum, 26-credit Recommended and 26-credit Distinguished Achievement programs. The Foundation + Endorsement plan, builds on the first level by adding four credits (including an additional math, an additional science, and 2 electives) in the student’s chosen endorsement area for a total of 26 credits.The third, and AISD-recommended, level is the Distinguished Level of Achievement. This plan builds on the Foundation + Endorsement level by requiring that Algebra II be one of the 26 credits earned. Graduating under this plan allows students to become eligible for automatic admission into state universities if they graduate in the top 10 percent of their class.In addition, a Performance Acknowledgment can be earned by achieving extra distinction in areas such as dual credit courses, college entrance exams (SAT or ACT), bi-lingualism or bi-literacy, or earning a business and industry certification.
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AMARILLO ISD ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE.
THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED .1 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $0.98.
(The $1.189 tax rate adopted by the Board is the same as last year’s tax rate.)
It is the policy of the Amarillo Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability or national origin.
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