The ripple effects of an imminent shake-up of high school graduation requirements in Texas might not be felt by some students until they try getting into college.
For students hoping to secure automatic college admission under the state’s top 10 percent law, choosing from among the various graduation plans being proposed could prove decisive. If they aim too low, they could be out of the running for the top 10.
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Top Ten Criteria
To qualify for automatic college admission under the state’s top 10 percent law, high school students currently must take the recommended plan commonly known as the 4x4: four years each of English, math, science and social studies.
Under House Bill 5, graduation requirements would be loosened to four years of English and three years each of math, science and social studies. But only students pursuing the “distinguished diploma” would qualify for the top 10 percent. That would require an additional year of science and math, including Algebra 2.