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House Bill 5 (or HB 5) is one of the most significant education bills passed by the 83rd Legislative Session, making sweeping changes to our Texas educational landscape.

HB 5 significantly changes three major aspects of public education: curriculum, assessment, and accountability. It opens doors to new high school educational opportunities; individual pathways magnifying the value of student interest. It affects how our local schools will be evaluated and how your children will be tested.

HB 5 shifts the focus on student testing from 15 end-of-course high school tests to five, and bridges high school coursework with college and career interests. Along with acknowledging academic achievement, most graduation diplomas will now include one of five possible endorsements, each reflecting a pathway of interest defined by the student.

HB 5 enhances the opportunity to share ownership in our local schools. Partnerships among schools, the community, local colleges, business and industry will shape curriculum to address the workforce needs of tomorrow. Under HB 5, engaging the community and the students at the local campus and district level now become measurable to reflect a shared ownership.

This new legislation is a grand opportunity filled with prospects of promise, providing us with a fresh start, a reset button to involve, educate and engage our local communities and students.

The ultimate goal of HB 5 is to enhance student achievement. Attaining that goal depends on how well school districts and communities come together to make education a priority.

Craig Rothmeier,

Carroll ISD School Board Trustee and a Leadership TASB Master Trustee

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