This page provides information on topics such as curriculum, assessment, rules, and professional development. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this page for individuals working to provide high quality science programs for students. Join the science mailing list to receive updates as information becomes available.  

The Division of Curriculum science team provides direction and leadership to Kindergarten (K) through grade 12 science educators in Texas. The science staff does the following: 

  • Assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science

  • Facilitates the development and management of state-funded professional development programs

  • Collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in the development of state science assessments

  • Assists the Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology (IMET) in overseeing the textbook adoption process for grades K-12 science instructional materials

  • Reviews state certifications related to science with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)

In addition, the science staff coordinates the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC), National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Science staff also provides on-going communication with the field related to science curriculum and graduation requirements found in Texas Administrative Code (TAC).


The TEA is looking for experts in the fields of science education to review and evaluate applications for PAEMST. This year’s competition is for teachers of grades K – 6. The application to serve on the 2016 PAEMST review committee is now available. The completed form is due on or before 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, April 1, 2016. 

PAEMST Reviewer's Application (PDF, 1,207KB)

Congratulations Michalle McCallister, Fort Sam Houston ISD science teacher, on being selected as the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) science winner for Texas.

Professional Development

Statewide professional development opportunities on science topics are available now at regional education service centers (ESCs) and through the Texas Gateway.

Contact the science specialist at your regional ESC for upcoming professional development opportunities.

Related Links

The resources below address various topics related to the science standards, awards, and organizations.

Science TEKS, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 112, effective 2010-2011

Grades K-5 Science TEKS now available in Spanish (PDF, 122KB)

Grade 6 Science TEKS now available in Spanish (PDF, 26.76KB)

Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) (outside source): The Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching support a network of K-16 partnerships to provide high-quality, sustained, and intensive teacher mentoring focused on strengthening science and mathematics content and pedagogy. This infrastructure of over 56 institutions of higher education collaborates with the Texas Education Agency, education service centers, school districts, and business partners. The TRC has an 18-year track record of designing and implementing exemplary professional development using research-based instructional models, materials, and best practices. Visit the TRC to receive the latest information about science professional development.

Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC)

Texas Gateway (outside source)

Benchmarks for Science Literacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside source)

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (outside source)

National Youth Science Camp (outside source)

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (outside source) 

Science for All Americans, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside source)


The following documents are provided as a reference for science teachers.

Laboratory and Field Investigations – FAQ, August 2010 (PDF, 203KB) 

Hazardous Chemicals (PDF,172KB)

Safety Information and Resources (PDF, 227KB)

Texas Education Agency Safety Laws and Rules (PDF, 69KB)

Texas Education Agency Science Facilities Standards (PDF, 38MB)

Texas Education Agency Texas Safety Standards (PDF, 20MB)