Social Studies

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The Division of Curriculum social studies team provides direction and leadership to the social studies program, Kindergarten through grade 12.

The social studies team does the following:

  • Assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for social studies
  • Collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in the development of state social studies assessments
  • Assists the Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division (IMET) in overseeing the textbook adoption process for grades K-12 social studies instructional materials
  • Reviews state certifications related to Social Studies with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)

The social studies team provides on-going communication with the field about current issues pertaining to the social studies curriculum and policy interpretations related to graduation requirements in 19 TAC Chapter 74.

Professional Development

Several statewide professional development courses on the social studies TEKS are currently available online through Project Share. For details on available courses and information on how to access them, contact your ESC or visit http://projectsharetexas.org (outside source).

Related Links

The following resources provide more information to support educators:

Personal Financial Literacy List of Approved Materials

TEKS for Economics (TAC Chapter 118)

TEKS for Social Studies (TAC Chapter 113)

Student Assessment Division