New State Law Now In Effect For Public Schools

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COLLEGE STATION - The start of the new school year brings some new state rules for public school accountability.

That includes new graduation and curriculum requirements.

News 3 breaks down how this could affect your kids' schools, and some of the tests students take.

College Station ISD officials and our partners at the Texas Tribune tell News 3 under House Bill 5 students now have new tracks they can choose as they work towards graduation.

All high schools in a school district are also now required to provide Algebra II which some districts elsewhere in the state were not providing.

College Station ISD tells us they've been preparing their counselors on the changes since last school year.

Last spring 8th grade students and parents were made aware of the new curriculum options before starting high school this fall.

The Texas Tribune says an emphasis is also being made for students to pursue vocational and trade careers if college is not part of their plans.

College Station ISD Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Greg McIntyre says parents are welcome to visit with administrators and teachers if they have any questions.

"For our incoming high schoolers House Bill 5 really changed the graduation plans from minimum, recommended and distinguished to a foundation program with endorsements," he said.

"The motivation behind HB 5 was to provide a wider variety of options for students to really become engaged in their learning and for students who might not be going to pursue college after graduation or a four year college after gradation for them to really have the skills that they need," said Morgan Smith a Texas Tribune Reporter.

As part of the new law students will have to take significantly fewer standardized tests in order to graduate.

Governor Rick Perry signed the changes into law back in June of last year.

The new law received widespread support from local state politicians including Kyle Kacal, John Raney, Lois Kolkhorst and Charles Schwertner.

For a break down of all the changes with House Bill 5 we have much more attached to this story in the related links section.