High School Equivalency Program in Texas

high school equivalency in texas

Over the years, Texas is experiencing a continuous decline in college-ready graduates. The Texas Tribune reports a 50.6% dropout risk in 2019-2020. Texas lost one in five students in 2021, equivalent to 10 students per hour. At this rate, Texas will not reach universal high school education in 2038. The High School Equivalency Program (HSEP) prevents dropouts, enabling at-risk students to obtain a high school equivalency credential. Its aim is to prepare eligible students for equivalency exams rather than traditional diplomas. Students who do not have the option to attend high school can still apply to college and university once they earn the certificate of High School Equivalency, or reflect it in their resume. The student eligibility requirements include the following:

  • The student must be at least 16 years old at the beginning of the school year or semester
  • At least two school years have elapsed since the student first enrolled in ninth grade
  • The student has completed fewer than ⅓ of the credits required for graduation under the district’s or the open enrollment charter school’s minimum graduation plan

*Note: Students ordered by a court under Family Code, Truancy Court Proceedings, Section 65.103 or directed by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department are automatically accepted to the program.

 

High School Equivalency Program (HSEP) Locations

The HSEP is operated in some participating school districts or open enrollment charter schools. The following is a full list of Education Service Centers with a HSEP location:

 

Region

School District

Open Enrollment Charter Schools

Edinburg

La Joya Independent School DistrictCollege and Career Center-Jimmy Carter Facility

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Independent School DistrictRobert N. Barnes Regional Juvenile Facility
N/ADr. M. L. Garza Gonzalez Charter School
Mathis Independent School DistrictMathis High School

Victoria

Calhoun County Independent School DistrictCalhoun High School
Hope High School
Victoria Independent School DistrictLiberty Academy

Houston

N/AExcel Academy: Harris County Youth Village
Galveston Independent School DistrictBall High School
AIM College and Career Prep
N/AGeorge I. Sanchez Charter School
Katy Independent School DistrictN/A
University of Texas – University Charter SchoolUnlimited Vision Aftercare

Beaumont

Lumberton Independent School DistrictLumberton High School

Huntsville

Bryan ISDThe Mary Catherine Harris School
Magnolia Independent School DistrictAlpha Academy
Navasota Independent School DistrictW.B. Bizzell Academy
N/AThe Raven School
Willis Independent School DistrictWillis High School

Kilgore

Chapel Hill Independent School DistrictChapel Hill High School
Longview Independent School DistrictLEAD Academy High School
New Summerfield Independent School DistrictNew Summerfield High School

Mt. Pleasant

No active HSEP in this region

Wichita Falls

Wichita Falls Independent School DistrictHarrell Accelerated Learning Center

Richardson

Dallas County Juvenile Justice Charter SchoolDallas County Juvenile Justice Campus
Garland ISDN/A
N/AJean Massieu Academy
Rockwall ISDQuest Academy

Fort Worth

Arlington Independent School DistrictVenture Alternative High School
Birdville Independent School DistrictKEEPS GED Program At The Shannon Learning Center
N/AErath Excels! Academy: Shoreline Academy
Fort Worth Independent School DistrictSuccess High School
Granbury Independent School DistrictSTARS Accelerated High School
Joshua Independent School DistrictNew Horizon High School
Keene Independent School DistrictKeene Alternative Learning Center
Mineral Wells Independent School DistrictMineral Wells Academy

Waco

Mullin ISDMullin Oaks
Waco ISDMcLennan County Challenge Academy

Austin

Fredericksburg Independent School DistrictGillespie County Learning Center
Hutto Independent School DistrictHutto High School
La Grange Independent School DistrictLa Grange High School
Llano Independent School DistrictLlano High School
Manor Independent School DistrictManor Excel Academy
N/AUniversity of Texas – University Charter School

Abilene

No active HSEP in this region

San Angelo

Ballinger Independent School DistrictBallinger High School
Bangs Independent School DistrictBangs ACE

Amarillo

Amarillo Independent School DistrictNorth Heights Alternative School
Miami Independent School DistrictMiami High School

Lubbock

Lamesa Independent School DistrictLamesa Success Academy
Morton Independent School District (fiscal agent)P E P Alternative Coop
Muleshoe Independent School District
Sudan Independent School District
Sundown Independent School District
Whiteface Independent School District
Seminole Independent School DistrictSeminole Success Center
Shallowater Independent School DistrictShallowater Woodward Academy

Midland

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School DistrictPecos High School

El Paso

Canutillo Independent School DistrictCanutillo High School HSEP
El Paso Independent School DistrictCollege Career Technology Academy
Delta Academy
Raymond Telles Academy JJAEP

San Antonio

Boerne Independent School DistrictBoerne High School
Crystal City ISDCrystal City High School
East Central ISDBexar County Learning Center
George Gervin AcademyGeorge Gervin Technology Center
Kerrville Independent School DistrictHill Country High School
Por Vida AcademyPor Vida Academy
Cesar E. Chavez Academy
N/APositive Solutions Charter School
Seguin Independent School DistrictMercer-Blumberg Learning Center
Southwest Independent School DistrictSouthwest Academy
Southwest Preparatory SchoolSouthwest Preparatory School – NE Campus

 

High School Equivalency Exams

There are currently two high school equivalency assessments: the GED test and the HiSET exam. Both assessments offer the same test language: English, Spanish, or a combination of both languages. The GED test covers 4 subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning Through Language Arts; whereas, the HiSET exam covers 5 subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts – Reading, and Language Arts – Writing. The score range for the GED test is 100-200 while the score range for the HiSET exam is 1-20. Students are required to score at least 145 on all GED subjects, or at least 8 for all HiSET subjects as well as a minimum total score of 45 for HiSET exam.

 

Although Educational Testing Services (ETS) has announced that they will not administer the HiSET test in Texas after August 31st, 2021, the GED test allows students to earn the same high school equivalency credential. In fact, more than 98% of schools in the United States accept the GED, including community colleges, universities, and private schools. The GED also works for those who would like to dive straight into the workforce. Employers view the GED as equal to a high school diploma, and many GED graduates make $9,000 USD more per year than those without a high school diploma. 

 

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Citations:


State of Texas – https://schools.texastribune.org/
Attrition and Dropout Rates in Texas – https://www.idra.org/
High School Equivalency Program – https://tea.texas.gov/
High School Equivalency Program Locations – https://tea.texas.gov/
Test Information At A Glance – https://tea.texas.gov/
What’s the Difference Between the GED and a High School Diploma? – https://ged.com/
Certificate of High School Equivalency – https://tea.texas.gov/