By Bivins S.B. No. 385
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to the curriculum requirements for graduation from public
1-3 high school.
1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-5 SECTION 1. Section 28.025, Education Code, is amended to read
1-6 as follows:
1-7 Sec. 28.025. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND CERTIFICATE; ACADEMIC
1-8 ACHIEVEMENT RECORD. (a) The State Board of Education by rule shall
1-9 determine curriculum requirements for the minimum, recommended, and
1-10 advanced high school programs that are consistent with the required
1-11 curriculum under Section 28.002.
1-12 (b) A school district shall ensure that each student enrolls
1-13 in the courses necessary to complete the curriculum requirements
1-14 identified by the State Board of Education under Subsection (a) for
1-15 the recommended or advanced high school program unless the student,
1-16 the student's parent or other person standing in parental relation
1-17 to the student, a school counselor, and a school administrator
1-18 agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under
1-19 the minimum high school program.
1-20 (c) A student may graduate and receive a diploma only if:
1-21 (1) the student successfully completes the curriculum
1-22 requirements identified by the State Board of Education under
1-23 Subsection (a) [
board] and complies with Section 39.025(a); or
1-24 (2) the student successfully completes an
2-1 individualized education program developed under Section 29.005.
2-2 (d) [ (b)] A school district may issue a certificate of
2-3 coursework completion to a student who successfully completes the
2-4 curriculum requirements identified by the State Board of Education
2-5 under Subsection (a) but who fails to comply with Section 39.025(a)
2-6 [ perform satisfactorily on the assessment instruments specified by
2-7 Subsection (a)]. A school district may allow a student who
2-8 receives a certificate to participate in a graduation ceremony with
2-9 students receiving high school diplomas.
2-10 (e) [ (c)] Each school district shall report the academic
2-11 achievement record of students who have completed a minimum,
2-12 recommended, or advanced high school program on transcript forms
2-13 adopted by the State Board of Education. The transcript forms
2-14 adopted by the board must be designed to clearly differentiate
2-15 between each of the high school programs and identify whether a
2-16 student received a diploma or a certificate of coursework
2-18 (f) Subsection (b) applies to students entering the ninth
2-19 grade in the 2004-2005 school year and thereafter. This subsection
2-20 expires September 1, 2004.
2-21 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.