The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has established general standards for promotion. You can access HISD connect parent portal from the student and parents page of the main HISD website. If your child does not meet the promotion standards outlined below, your school will contact you to discuss opportunities for additional instruction.
An Overview Of Promotion Standards
For Grade 1 & 2 students must:
- Pass the High-Frequency Word Exam with at least 80% mastery. This exam requires recognizing and reading words that frequently appear in written and spoken language.
- Meeting the state requirement of an overall yearly average of 70 or above and the local requirement of an average of 70 or above in four core courses: reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
- Attendance must be sufficient. The student’s total number of unexcused absences cannot exceed 10% of class meetings.
For Grade 3 to 5 students must:
- Achieve an overall yearly average of 70 or above and an average of 70 or above in each of the following four core courses: reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
For Grade 6 to 8 students must:
- Students must also meet the state requirement of an overall yearly average of 70 or higher, as well as meeting the local requirement of 70 or higher in three of the four core courses: language arts (average of reading and English), mathematics, science, social studies.
For Grade 9 to 12 students must:
- Five STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) assessments must be passed: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and United States History. Students who earned one-course credit in any of these five courses in the Spring or Summer semester of 2020 will not have to take or pass the corresponding EOC exam.
- Seniors who have not passed all EOC exams for graduation should contact their campus counselor or administrator to discuss their eligibility for Individual Graduation Committee projects.
- High school grade placement is determined by the number of credits earned: sophomore classification requires 6 credits, junior classification requires 12 credits, and senior classification requires 18 credits.
- For graduation, seniors must have earned credits for courses required by their state and local governments.