Texas Schools

Texas House Bill 5 (HB5): Foundation High School Program, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, made substantial changes to the state’s curriculum and graduation requirements, assessment program, and accountability system.

How has HB5 affected career development at institutions in Texas thus far?

Local sources are reporting that many districts are seeing a large percentage of students who are choosing trade classes. In Abilene ISD, for example, over 60 percent of students have enrolled in 16 career cluster endorsement paths offered since HB5 was passed.


What’s the best way for students to go about selecting an endorsement?

With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult for high school students to select an endorsement that best matches a potential future career.

Many counselors recommend students take an interest assessment to make more informed decisions on the CTE courses in which they should enroll, and form their Foundation High School Graduation Plan endorsements. Research tells us it shouldn’t just be any career assessment or informal survey; it should be an industry validated career assessment.

Kuder has been helping students make more informed career decisions for over 75 years. Texas–based Jim Koeninger, executive vice president of Jobs for America's Graduates, had this to say about the impact a Kuder assessment had on his career:

“In 1956, I was introduced to the Kuder Preference Inventory and it was most helpful in helping me make an informed decision about a career. My counselor told me that I should consider being a mechanic or someone who works with their hands, knowing my family background. Fortunately, my counselor administered the Kuder Preference Inventory and was surprised that her assessment of my future was much different than the interests identified by Kuder. Having completed a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in the career fields identified by my 1956 Kuder assessment, I recommend Kuder to those who have been judged incorrectly by educators without the help of an assessment tool.”


What are the most effective resources to help support HB5 requirements related to career planning?

With today's workforce continuously evolving and with education requirements adapting to those changes, it’s important that institutions have a reliable career planning platform on which they can rely to fulfill HB5 requirements.

Here are the top five ways your career planning platform should be helping your students succeed in college and career:

  1. Using research-based interest, skills confidence and work values assessments as the foundational step in the process.
  2. Increasing awareness of postsecondary education requirements for occupations that align with students' career assessment results.
  3. Providing a framework for a graduation plan that allows your students to record their foundation and endorsement plan courses.
  4. Integrating a fillable FAFSA form to allow students to quickly and easily apply for financial aid.
  5. Including a reporting system that allows your administrators to view graduation plans, assessment results, course completion data, and more.

Talk to us!

Are you a stakeholder in secondary education in Texas? Tell us about the career planning resources you’re using to help meet HB5 requirements. Want to know more about how the Kuder Career Planning System® can help? Contact info@kuder.com.