Yes. The 86th Legislative Session passed House Bill 165 (HB165)
, which allows a student that has completed the required courses and credits on the Foundation High School Program, including additional credits in math, science, electives, and the courses required for the endorsement with or without modifications* to the curriculum, to earn an endorsement beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. This information is also found in the Texas Education Code (TEC) 28.025 (c-7).
*When an ARD committee determines that modifications to the curriculum are required, the ARD committee must also ensure that the curriculum remains sufficiently rigorous in order for the student to retain eligibility for an endorsement.
Additionally, HB165 states that the student's ARD committee shall determine whether the student is required to achieve satisfactory performance on an end-of-course assessment to earn an endorsement on the student's transcript.
Before the 2019-2020 school year, a student receiving special education services was required to complete the courses and credits on the Foundation High School Program, including additional credits in math, science, electives, and the courses required for the endorsement (with or without modified curriculum), the course requirements of at least one endorsement (which did not contain any modified curriculum), and pass at least three end-of-course assessments, to earn an endorsement. HB165 now replaces these requirements for currently enrolled students.