Social Studies

Students at work

This page provides information on curriculum, assessment, and rules. We welcome any suggestions that will improve this page for individuals working to provide high quality social studies programs for students. Join the Social Studies mailing list to receive updates. 

The Curriculum Division 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 to develop state social studies assessments
  • Assists the Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division (IMET) in overseeing the textbook adoption process for K-12 social studies  
  • Reviews state certifications related to Social Studies with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)
  • Provides on-going communication with the field about current issues in social studies curriculum and policy interpretations related to graduation requirements in 19 TAC Chapter 74.

Social Studies TEKS

The following web pages provide access to the current state standards for social studies.

Social Studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) implemented beginning with school year 2011-2012

Economics Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) implemented beginning with school year 2011-2012

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.

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 strikeouts) of Chapter 113, Subchapters A-C. The following are draft documents that the SBOE has 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.

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

Text of 19 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter B, Middle School

Text of 19 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter C, High School

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.

Text of 19 TAC Chapter 113, Subchapter A, Elementary

Senate Bill 30, Community Safety Education Act 

Senate Bill (SB) 30, also known as The Community Safety Education Act, requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt rules to include the instruction developed under TEC, §28.012, in one or more courses in the required curriculum for students in grades 9-12. The SBOE adopted a new rule in Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §74.39, Requirements for Instruction on Proper Interaction with Peace Officers, that became effective August 27, 2018. This rule requires school districts and charter schools to provide instruction to students in grades 9-12 on proper interaction with peace officers during traffic stops and other in-person encounters. 

Senate Bill (SB) 30,Community Safety Education Act Frequently Asked Questions

Professional Development 

Take statewide professional development courses on social studies topics online through the Texas Gateway (outside source).

Related Links

The following resources provide more information to support educators:

Celebrate Freedom Week

Personal Financial Literacy Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 86KB) 

Personal Financial Literacy List of Approved Materials

Educator Certification Rule

Student Assessment Division