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Texas Recommended and Distinguished Program

The State of Texas requires students to graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Plan to attend a 4 year public institution like Texas State University. For details about the law or the recommended plan, read on below. Talk to your high school counselor about what plan you are on if you have questions.

State of Texas Uniform Admissions Standards

Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Standards (UAS) require that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible for consideration for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution:

  • Successfully complete the Recommended or Advanced (Distinguished) High School Program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or 
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent* in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced (distinguished) high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment:

SAT- 1500 out of 2400 (Verbal + Math + Writing)
ACT- 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science

*Equivalencies must be documented by the students' high school using one of the Texas Private High School Certification forms below.

Students who graduated in 2011 or after from Texas private schools, Texas public schools and out-of-state schools use this form.

UAS

Students who graduated in 2010 or before from Texas private schools, Texas public schools and out-of-state schools use UAP 2010.

 

For both the Recommended and Distinguished Graduation Programs, 26 credit hours are required. The following is for informational purposes only and is not an official document. For the official class listings, please visit the
Texas Educational Agency.

 

Texas Recommended Graduation Program

Subject


Required
Credits

Required Courses

English Language Arts 4 English I, II, III & IV
Mathematics 4

Algebra I, II, Geometry, and one from the following:

Math Models*
   *Must be taken prior to Algebra II
Math Applications*
   *Must be taken prior to Algebra II
Precalculus
Independent Study in Mathematics
Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR)
AP Statistics AB
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
IB Mathematical Studies Standard Level
IB Mathematics Higer Level
IB Advanced Mathematics Subsidiary Level
Engineering Mathematics
Statistics and Risk Management (CTE)
 

Science 4

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Principals of Technology and 1 course from the following:

Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)*
    *Must be taken prior to Chem and Phys
AP Chemistry
IB Chemistry
AP Physics
IB Physics
Aquatic Sciene
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Systems
AP Environmental Systems
IB Environmental Systems
AP Biology
IB Biology
Scientific Research and Design (CTE)
Anatomy and Physiology (CTE)
Engineering Design and Problem Solving
Medical Microbiology (CTE)
Pathophysiology (CTE)
Advanced Animal Science (CTE)
Advanced Biotechnology (CTE)
Advanced Plant and Soil Science (CTE)
Food Science (CTE)
Forensic Science (CTE)

Social Studies 3.5 World History Studies, World Geography Studies, United States History Studies Since 1877, and United States Government
Economics .5 Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits
Foreign Language 2 Any two levels in the same language
Physical Education 1 Any physical education credit plus Foundations of Personal Fitness
Speech .5 Communication Applications or Professional Communications
Fine Arts 1 Inquire with your counselor
Electives 5.5 Inquire with your counselor

                * Entering students are required to demonstrate they they have competency in computer science through one year of computer science in high school or will be required to take one semester in college.

   Texas Distinguished Graduation Program

Subject

Required
Courses

 

Acceptable Courses

English Language Arts 4 English I, II, III, & IV
Mathematics 4 Algebra I, II, & Geometry as well as an additional SBOE-approved mathematics course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite
Science 4 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and an additional approved laboratory-based science course 
Social Studies 3.5 World History Studies, World Geography Studies, United States History Studies Since 1877, and United States Government
Economics .5

Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits

Foreign Language 3 The credits earned must be for any three levels in the same language
Physical Education 1 One physical education credit and Foundations of Personal Fitness
Speech .5 Communication Application or Professional Communication
Technology Applications  1 Inquire with your counselor
Fine Arts 1 Inquire with your counselor
Electives 4.5 Inquire with your counselor
Advanced Measures Any combination of 4 1. Original research/project that is:
A. judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project; or
B. conducted under the direction of mentor(s) and reported to an appropriate audience; and
C. related to the required curriculum set forth in §74.1 of this title (relating to Essential Knowledge and Skills);
2. Test data where a student receives:
A. a score of three or above on the College Board advanced placement examination;
B. a score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate examination; or
C. a score on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) that qualifies the student for recognition as a commended scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, as part of the National Hispanic Scholar Program of the College Board or as part of the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT score shall count as only one advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received by the student; or
3. College academic courses, advanced technical credit courses, and dual credit courses, including local articulation, with a grade of 3.0 or higher.