AUSTIN -- State education leaders are finalizing new graduation requirements and curriculum options.
The State Board of Education (SBOE) met Thursday to review a plan to give students more options about what classes they can take to graduate.
The curriculum changes are part of a new graduation system lawmakers approved in the last session called the Foundation Program. The program requires students to secure at least 22 credits. All credits are divided out among different areas of study.
Thursday morning, members of the SBOE specifically looked at speech and math options.
According to the Texas Education Agency, students must secure three math credits. Two of those credits must be Algebra I and Geometry. The third credit must be an advanced math credit.
There are 22 options students can pick from to secure the credits. Board members added Algebra II, Algebraic Reasoning, and Statistics.
A final decision on curriculum options is expected by Friday. The new graduation requirements will take full effect in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
Students currently in the 8th grade, the class of 2018, will be the first group required to graduate under the Foundations High School Program. Current high school students remain under previous graduation plans, but may opt to move to the new program.