This page was last updated on 5/20/2014.

In May, 2013, The Texas Legislature passed HB 5, the omnibus education bill. In part, this law changes high school graduation plans to allow students greater flexibility by choosing endorsements, or graduation pathways, to pursue (those endorsements being Business and Industry, Public Services, Arts and Humanities, STEM, and Multidisciplinary Studies).

The State Board of Education (SBOE) was charged with creating implementation rules, and TMEA leaders actively communicated with SBOE members to ensure that all students, regardless of chosen endorsement, have the flexibility to study music throughout their high school career. That process has now been completed.

Below are links to some resources to help you navigate through HB5 implementation for you and your students:

TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter B Rules as approved by State Board of Education at its January meeting
TEA General Overview of new graduation program—informative and concise

General Overview of Foundation High School Program--February 2014 (PDF, 302KB)

TEA Documents on HB 5 Graduation Requirements (questions most relevant to fine arts are highlighted in yellow)

Foundation High School Program FAQ—March 12, 2014

Endorsements FAQ—March 19, 2014

TMEA document that speaks to the impact of the new graduation programs, specifically on fine arts

STAAR pull-out restriction letter to superintendents from State Board of Education Vice-Chairman Thomas Ratliff

Thomas Ratliff letter clarifying restrictions on pull-out for remediation (PDF)

Learn more about restrictions on student pull-out . . . 

Community-Based Fine Arts Program Information 

Criteria to consider when evaluating a community-based fine arts program 

NEW! Community and Student Engagement Accountability System Examples

Georgetown ISD

Plano ISD

More links will be added as they become available. If you are willing to share sample graduation plans with the membership, please send to Include any information on Community and Student Engagement assessment criteria as well.