In fall 2015, TEA established a 13-member review committee consisting of classroom teachers and administrators from early childhood programs in public schools and higher education faculty and researchers from across the state to participate in the revision of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.
The Texas Education Agency has posted the new Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (updated 2015). The updated guidelines will be implemented beginning with 2016-2017 school year.
Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (updated 2015) (PDF, 1821KB)
Instructional Materials for Prekindergarten
Please see the Currently
Adopted Instructional Materials (Curriculum) for PreK Learning Systems
adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The SBOE sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. The primary
responsibilities of the SBOE include:
- Setting curriculum standards
- Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
- Establishing graduation requirements
- Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
- Appointing board members to military reservation and special school
- Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for
- Reviewing the commissioner's proposed award of new charter schools,
with authority to veto a recommended applicant
2017-2021 Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Assessment Instruments
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a new list
of Commissioner Approved Prekindergarten (accessible version) and Kindergarten (accessible version) (Updated 7/12/17) Assessment
Instruments for use during the 2017-2021 school years in accordance with Texas
Education Code (TEC), §29.169 and §28.006.
The Commissioner’s Lists of Approved Prekindergarten
and Kindergarten Assessment Instruments are comprehensive and ensure school
districts and charter schools select instruments that are based on valid and
reliable scientific research, thoroughly measure each domain of development,
and are user friendly. The following five primary domains of development may be
assessed using the instruments on the lists:
- Emergent literacy - Reading
- Emergent literacy - Writing
- Language and Communication
- Health and Wellness
In 2016 TEA, in partnership with DFPS and other organizations, developed guidelines for effective family engagement. The Family Engagement working group identified components and strategies for school districts and charter schools to implement as part of their family engagement plans.
Family Engagement Plan, §102.1003. High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program., Section f.