House Bill 5 (HB 5), passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, made substantial changes to the state's curriculum and graduation requirements, assessment program, and accountability system.
TASA House Bill 5 Community & Student Engagement
In addition to changes made to the state's testing and graduation programs, HB 5 also addressed the accountability system by including a local evaluation requirement that is frequently referred to as the community engagement component.
HB 5 restructured the state's graduation requirements, moving from the "4x4" graduation plan to a 22-credit Foundation High School Program that allows students to earn endorsements in specific areas of study by completing four additional credits. The endorsements include STEM; business & industry; public service; arts & humanities; and multidisciplinary studies.