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Former students may qualify to receive diploma through alternative graduation program

      Former Pearland Independent School District students who entered ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year and did not successfully pass all required state assessments may now qualify to receive a high school diploma.

      The Senate Bill 463 allows the district to graduate and give a high school diploma under alternative requirements to individuals who entered ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year and have met all applicable graduation requirements, but did not pass mandatory end-of-course exams such as Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) and the Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills (TEAMS).  Students were previously required to pass these exams, but they are no longer administered by the state of Texas.

      “I am excited to offer former students that have completed coursework and did not pass state standardized tests an opportunity to graduate with other skills they have learned since high school. I look forward to helping students earn their diploma another way,” Dr. Nyla Watson, Senior Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, said. “I want to encourage former students to contact us and let us work with them to get their diplomas, thus opening doors to opportunities for them.”

      The proposed Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Resolution to Consider Alternative Graduation Requirements (EIF) allows the district to determine the eligibility of an individual to graduate and receive a high school diploma by demonstrating proficiency to the satisfaction of a local graduation committee in the content areas related to the assessments the individual did not pass.

Proficiency must be established through one or more of the following factors:

  1. The individual’s grade in each course in the subject areas applicable to the assessments on which the individual has not performed satisfactorily;
  2. The individual’s score on each assessment instrument on which the individual has failed to perform satisfactorily;
  3. The individual’s performance on any projects or work samples in the subject areas applicable to the assessments on which the individual has not performed satisfactorily (including any projects or work samples identified and assigned by the local graduation committee to be completed by the individual);
  4. The individual’s participation in offered remediation;
  5. The individual’s school attendance rate;
  6. The individual’s transcript of course work;
  7. The individual’s completion of career and technical education program courses; or
  8. Any other academic, work, or life experience determined to be relevant by the local graduation committee.

      Potential graduates must contact the lead counselor at the high school campus where they attended school to initiate the process by August 1, 2019.

PACE Center - 281-412-1599

Glenda Dawson High School - 281-412-8800

Pearland High School - 281-997-7445

Robert Turner College & Career High School - 281-727-1600

(09/21/18)