Individual Graduation Committee
Advocate for the continuation of Individual Graduation Committees with authority to allow students to graduate when they have failed no more than two end-of-course exams, but successfully completed all required curriculum.
Bills to Watch
SB 213 - Filed on December 4, 2018.
HB 677 - Filed on January 8, 2019.
HB 851 - Filed on January 16, 2019.
Authorized in 2015, Individual Graduation Committees provide a structure through which a student who has successfully completed all course requirements for graduation from high school, but has failed no more than two end-of-course exams, may be considered for graduation by a committee.
The Individual Graduation Committee is composed of the principal or principal’s designee; the teacher(s) of the course(s) for the end-of-course exam(s) on which the student failed to perform satisfactorily; the student’s school counselor; and the student’s parent.
The student’s Individual Graduation Committee may require additional work of the student including additional remediation and, for the end-of-course exam or exams (up to two) on which the student failed to perform satisfactorily, the completion of a project related to the subject area of the course that demonstrates proficiency in the subject area or the preparation of a portfolio of work in the subject area of the course. The student may also be required to submit coursework previously completed.
To qualify to graduate from high school by an Individual Graduation Committee, the student must complete and submit work assigned by the Committee, and the Committee’s vote must be unanimous.
Texas PTA seeks to extend the Individual Graduation Committee system.
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