Governor Rick Perry signed off on HB5 Monday to lower some high school requirements in hopes of moving Texas to becoming a national leader in career and technology education. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, students will need four credits of English, three credits in each science, social studies and math and one credit in physical education and fine arts. Students will also be required to take five elective credits as well. The current requirements are four years of science, English, social studies and math. "From my understanding of the house bill, it has unprecedented training and career technology opportunities and so we want every single kid in LISD to either go to college of go to work and this house bill helps us make that happen." Also, instead of having to pass 15 tests to graduate, students will now only have to pass five to earn their diploma. "We know it's been months and month of work. We support high expectations, we want our kids to get rigorous instruction, but 15 tests are a lot of tests so we're excited to focus on the five tests that will be the result of this house bill and really make sure our kids are ready for college." The new bill is designed to make Texas a career and technology education national leader. Those who support the bill said this would give students who can't afford to go to college an opportunity to get vocational training while still in high school. These new requirements will not go into affect until the 2014-2015 school year.