Plan for what's next.

Choosing the right courses for high school can shape a student's future, whether they're headed to college or straight to career. Be sure to keep your students on track and help them get the most out of high school with these resources.

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Learn how Texas rule changes affect your students.

In 2013, Texas House Bill 5 changed the rules on graduation requirements. Now, students need to outline academic and career goals during ninth grade, on a high school personal graduation plan. Sounds complicated, but don't stress! We have the answers you need. 

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Get students excited for their futures!

Students unsure of where their paths will take them next? The resources below will help you to discover, explore, and connect to opportunities that get your students excited about what comes after high school.

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Find the right graduation plan.

Texas OnCourse will help students create a graduation plan that will help them get to where they want to be after high school. Check out our MapMyGrad GradPlanner.

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What about endorsements?

Students need to map out a high school personal graduation plan that leads to one or more endorsements in high school. Endorsements and graduation plans go hand in hand. Click over to our endorsement page to learn more.

Important Dates and Deadlines

DEC-
JAN

GRADE 8

Prep for personal graduation planning and high school registration

FEB

GRADE 8

Select your courses for next year!

FEB

GRADES 9 & 10

Select your courses for next year!

FEB

GRADE 11

Select your courses for next year!

All Resources for Graduation Requirements

Middle School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
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Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

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My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
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Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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High School Endorsements: The Basics
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What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

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Announcing Release of New Middle School College & Career Resources
LESSONS AND CURRICULUM

Texas OnCourse is excited to announce the release of key resources to prepare middle school students for college and career decisions: our Curriculum Guide, and career exploration game MiddleGalaxy.

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College and Career Advising in Texas
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Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

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The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
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For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

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Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
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Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

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High School Endorsements and Career Paths
ENDORSEMENTS

Prepare students to select high school endorsements with labor market and career information.

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Texas OnCourse Curriculum Guide
LESSONS AND CURRICULUM

This guide includes lesson plans aligned to TEKS for college and career readiness and investigating careers. 

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Early High School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
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Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

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What are the endorsement choices of 9th graders enrolled in Texas Schools in 2015-16?
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Texas OnCourse has published a new data note highlighting the differences in how various demographic groups select their high school endorsements.

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My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

Diverse students reading at tablets
The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
How University Application Rates Vary by Race/Ethnicity
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If Texas colleges want to boost attainment and college completion rates, we need a clear picture of how students are actually applying to college. This inaugural Texas OnCourse Data Note investigates how university application rates vary according to race and ethnicity.

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
When and Why to Take the TSIA
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The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

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Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
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The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

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Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

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ACT vs SAT
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Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

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Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

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Late High School

Help us Fulfill Your Data Needs. (Survey)
BLOG

Texas OnCourse aims to build a data widget that helps the members of the educational community track the readiness and outcomes of their students. To ensure that we are addressing the community’s interests, we would like to hear about your data needs and challenges!

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
Starting the Conversation: Financial Aid Award Letters
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As we leave 2018 FAFSA priority deadlines behind us, students are checking their portals and mailboxes for their financial aid award letters. As they gear up to make big decisions about their financial and educational future, here are a series of helpful terms and questions to help guide students through their award letters.

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My Top Resources to Sharpen Your Career and Technical Education Skills
BLOG

Did you know that February is Career and Technical Education Month? CTE Month is a public awareness campaign initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Leader Fellow Calvin Jordan
Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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Financial Aid Timeline
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The FAFSA has now been open since October 1, so as the March 15 deadline roles closer, students may be wondering what their next steps are.

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The Basics: Scholarship Applications
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Starting the scholarship process can be overwhelming for students! Here, we’ve organized our tips into four simple steps to get students started on their application process, with downloadable resources for students, parents, and educators.

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College and Career Advising in Texas
REPORT

Texas OnCourse administered a survey to K-12 counselors and advisers throughout Texas to better understand the state of college and career advising. Feedback from school counselors is crucial to maximizing the impact of our counseling and advising resources. Texas OnCourse is committed to using the data supplied in this survey to maximize the services we provide to our community.

Diverse students reading at tablets
The College and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators
REPORT

For our Data Note No. 2, we investigated how college and employment outcomes vary based on whether students concentrated in CTE (defined as taking three or more courses in the same CTE subject) and in what discipline they concentrated.

Small screenshot of bar-graph titled "fall 2014 postsecondary enrollment by CTE cluster concentration"
How University Application Rates Vary by Race/Ethnicity
REPORT

If Texas colleges want to boost attainment and college completion rates, we need a clear picture of how students are actually applying to college. This inaugural Texas OnCourse Data Note investigates how university application rates vary according to race and ethnicity.

Small sample pie graphs representing public university application rates by race and ethnicity
When and Why to Take the TSIA
BLOG

The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

Woman's hands working at laptop
Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
BLOG

The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

Text - help students understand the national merit scholarship
Access Additional College Scholarship Funds with CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
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In October, many college counselors and advisers are heads-down focused on helping students with FAFSA and TASFA applications. However, did you know students and families may qualify for additional financial aid through the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application? This application is used by 300+ colleges and scholarship providers and, like the SAT, is administered by the College Board.

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Navigating the Many College Application Systems
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The various college application systems each have unique characteristics that that can make it hard for even the most seasoned counselor to quickly and easily remember specific details. Fortunately, Texas OnCourse has put together a one page resource you can hang in your classroom to make it easy to remember.

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Full Catalog of Free Training for Counselors and Advisers Now Available
BLOG

Our succinct and effective modules fall under three primary categories: Postsecondary Pathways, Career Pathways, and Financial Aid. Prepare students for success regardless of their academic path with this comprehensive resource that supports your day-to-day work advising your students.

Text: College, Career, Financial Aid
TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
BLOG

Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
Common App: 3 Things to Know
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While the Common App makes it easier to apply to many colleges, including most Ivy League schools and many private colleges across the nation, that doesn’t make the college application process simple. Here are 3 top tips for students as well as for counselors, parents and guardians using the Common App.

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Best Practices: FAFSA Resources
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Among young people who did not finish college, nearly seven in 10 have no idea what FAFSA is, according to a 2011 survey. This not only undercuts their ability to pay for, and complete, college. It also makes them vulnerable to scamming and other malicious acts.

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Texas OnCourse Academy
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Texas OnCourse Academy provides comprehensive learning on college and career advising to educators.

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