In 2013, Texas made the most substantial changes to graduation requirements & school curricula in recent history. House Bill 5 weakened graduation requirements for math, science and social studies and created a system of endorsement specialties for high school students. The policy ended the more rigorous college prep 4×4 plan.
With funding from the Greater Texas Foundation, IDRA interviewed eighth grade counselors across the state that serve predominantly students of color and students from families with low-incomes to see how HB 5 is affecting their ability to support students.
See the infographic on our previous study that found rural school districts had a 24% drop in students taking Algebra 2.