2020-2021 high school seniors eligible for graduation by committee decision

This year’s seniors who have not passed all of their end-of-course STAAR exams are eligible to graduate via an Individual Graduation Committee (IGC) decision, thanks to the passage of House Bill 999 (Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio, sponsored by Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio)

Passed by the Legislature in its final full week, HB 999 went into effect May 31, making this alternate path to graduation immediate for 2020-2021 seniors who have struggled through a stressful academic year in a pandemic. The Texas Education Agency released new guidance Wednesday for districts on implementing these changes.

An IGC committee is not required to consider a student’s end-of-course exam performance in its decision-making, but a student must meet all other IGC requirements to be eligible to graduate by committee decision. To see those additional requirements and the full IGC process, refer to TEA’s online FAQs.

In order for a student to be included in graduation data for the school year, an IGC must decide to award a diploma by Aug. 31, but a committee still can award diplomas to students after that date.