High School Graduation Requirements Changing Soon

The Texas Education Agency is expected to vote this week on new graduation requirements.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK,TX-This week the Texas Education Agency will vote on changes to current high school curriculum.

“The new plans offer more flexibility for students on what they want to take as it relates to a certain career interest field,” Tammy Edmonson said.

Edmonson is the Director of Career and College Readiness for Lubbock I.S.D.

She said students will be able to choose from five different endorsements, which will allow them to focus their attention on classes that will specifically help with their future careers.

“If they were going through the pathway of computer science, they might choose to take a computer science advancement placement course in place of Algebra II as their third year of math,” Edmonson said.

But in a time when the average college students changes majors at least three times, is it a good idea to make high school students choose what they want to do with the rest of their lives?

Edmonson said not to worry, nothing is set in stone.

“Students will have the option to change from one endorsement area to another through high school,” Edmonson said. “They will meet annually with either a counselor or school principal to make that determination.”

All students, no matter what plan they choose, will still end up taking four courses in Math, Science and English.

And if a student does not know where they want to focus they can choose a general studies plan.

“I feel pretty certain speech will not be included,” Edmonson said. “World language, they are still required to take not matter which plan they are on, they will have to take a world language for two years.

Edmonson said the new plan is not supposed to make things entirely easy for students, just get them more interested in school.

“Again they are still going to take rigorous courses whether it be in English, Math or Science,” Edmonson said. “But it just gives them more options on what they can choose from.” 

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