Distinguished Achievement Program
The measures must focus on demonstrated student performance at the college or professional level. Student performance on advanced measures must be assessed through an external review process. A student must achieve any combination of four of the following:
- Original research/projects:
- Judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project; or
- Conducted under the direction of mentor(s) and reported to the appropriate audience; or
- Related to the required curriculum set forth in 19 TAC § 74.1 (relating to essential knowledge and skills)
- Test Data:
- a score of three or above on The College Board Advanced Placement examination;
- a score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate examination;
- a score on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) that qualifies a student for recognition as a Commended Scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; as part of the National Hispanic Scholar Program of The College Board; or a part of the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT score may count as only one advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received by the student.
- College Courses:
- a grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including tech-prep programs.