The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics.
Under the SSI grade advancement requirements, students are required to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 5 reading and mathematics tests to be promoted to sixth grade. Additionally, students are required to pass the STAAR grade 8 reading and mathematics tests to be promoted to ninth grade.
In addition to the SSI grade advancement requirements, state law mandates that high school students must not only meet all their course requirements but also perform satisfactorily on STAAR end-of-course assessments in Algebra I, biology, English I, English II, and U.S. history to receive a diploma from a Texas public high school. Graduation requirements have changed for students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2014-15, 2015-16, or 2016-17 school years. A student who has not passed two or fewer end-of-course assessments may receive a Texas high school diploma if the student has qualified to graduate by means of an individual graduation committee (IGC) determination. Please contact your high school counselor for further IGC information.Below are the links to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) brochure from the Texas Education Agency: