Social Studies TEKS Streamlining

Background

The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each subject of the required curriculum. In June 2017, the SBOE approved a process that will be used to streamline the social studies TEKS. SBOE members will nominate educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to serve on the TEKS streamlining work groups. This page provides information regarding the streamlining of the social studies TEKS.

Streamlined Social Studies TEKS Adopted by State Board of Education

The State Board of Education (SBOE) gave final approval on November 16, 2018, to the streamlined social studies TEKS for K-8 and five high school social studies courses.

Elementary (Kindergarten-Grade 5)

The streamlined social studies TEKS for kindergarten-grade 5 will be effective on August 1, 2020, and implemented in classrooms beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Secondary (Grades 6-8 and High School)

The streamlined social studies TEKS for middle school and high school will be effective on August 1, 2019, and implemented in classrooms beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

To assist educators as they prepare planning documents for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond, TEA has prepared draft documents that contain clean versions (without underlines and strikethroughs) of Chapter 113, Subchapters A-C. The following are draft documents that the SBOE approved for second reading and final adoption at its November 2018 SBOE meeting. Please note that these documents have not yet been filed and are subject to technical edits by the editors for the Texas Register.

Text of 19 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter A, Elementary (PDF, 431 KB)

Text of 19 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter B, Middle School (PDF, 347 KB)

Text of 19 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter C, High School (PDF, 523 KB)

To see the version that reflects the changes approved by the SBOE to streamline the Social Studies TEKS, visit the Social Studies Streamlining Drafts web page.

Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups

The SBOE's new TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups. Nominations to serve on TEKS work groups will be made throughout the TEKS review process. The following list includes individuals appointed by the SBOE to serve on the Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups.

SBOE Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups  (PDF, 173KB)

Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Drafts

Work Groups

Applications were submitted to SBOE members for review throughout the process. Based on that review, SBOE members made nominations to work groups. TEA notified applicants of their nominations at each stage in the streamlining process.

  • Work group members will be expected to complete an online orientation session prior to their work group meeting. Work group members may be asked to complete an initial review prior to their work group meeting.
  • TEKS work groups will convene in Austin for a minimum of one face-to-face meeting. Meeting times and dates for the different work groups will be shared with the SBOE's appointees for each work group. Additional meetings conducted by webinar may also be scheduled as necessary.
  • Work group members may be asked to provide invited testimony at SBOE meetings.
  • Work group members will be reimbursed in accordance with state travel guidelines for travel, meals, and lodging for meetings held in Austin.
  • Questions related to the application for the social studies TEKS streamlining process can be directed to teks@tea.texas.gov.