House Bill 5

What is House Bill 5?

Enacted by the 83rd Texas Legislature, House Bill 5 (HB5) on June 12, 2013, created the Foundation High School Plan (FHSP) plus Endorsements and Distinguished Achievement Diplomas. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, students entering 9th grade must earn at least 22 credits to complete the Foundation High School Program.

What is the foundation high school plan?

The Foundation High School Plan replaces the current minimum, recommended and distinguished graduation plans. House Bill 5 allows students to earn Endorsements. Below are the course requirements for Graduation under House Bill 5:

English Math Science Social Studies LOTE Other
English I

English II

English III

English IV or other course
Algebra I


Advanced Mathematics Course


IPC or Advanced Science Course

Advanced Science Course
U.S. History

U.S. Government (.5)

Economics (.5)

World Geography or World History or Combination
2 credits of same LOTE

2 credits of Computer Science
Fine Arts (1)

P.E. (1)

Health (.5)

Speech (.5)

Electives (4)

What are endorsements?

Within each of the Endorsements are multiple pathways for a student to choose courses towards completion of their high school diploma. The following list indicates examples for each Endorsement.

STEM Endorsement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Business and Industry Endorsement Public Service Endorsement Arts and Humanities Multidisciplinary Studies

The bill focuses on student's futures, more choices, and jobs. Parents are encouraged to carefully look at this bill and to work with their child and guidance counselor to make an informed decision. Please take a look at the FAQs. For more details, please visit the TEA website