Curriculum Division

The Curriculum Division provides state-level support, information and non-regulatory guidance to school administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students about general curriculum laws and rules, particularly with respect to graduation requirements, options for offering courses, and the award of credit.

The division is responsible for supporting development and implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in the foundation curriculum (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) and the enrichment curriculum (career and technical education, fine arts, health education, languages other than English, physical education, and technology applications).

Required Curriculum 

School districts and charter school must provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills of the appropriate grade levels in the foundation curriculum and enrichment curriculum.

Foundation Curriculum

English Language Arts and Reading
Social Studies

Enrichment Curriculum

Career and Technical Education
Fine Arts
Health Education
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Physical Education (PE)
Technology Applications  

Related Links

The Curriculum Division provides guidance related to the following curriculum-related topics:
Academic Achievement Record
Credit by Examination
Character Education
Graduation Requirements
School Health
High School Diplomas for Certain Veterans 
Innovative Courses
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills by Chapter
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Subject Area Reviews
Texas Teachers Review, Assess, Develop, and Exchange (T-TRADE) Assessment Items


Curriculum Newsletters

See the following links for Curriculum Division Newsletters:

Spring 2011 (PDF, 492KB) 
Spring 2012 (PDF, 620KB) 
Fall 2012 (PDF, 557KB) 
Spring 2013 (PDF, 874KB) 
Fall 2013 (PDF, 461KB)
Spring 2014 (PDF, 454KB) 
Spring 2015 (PDF, 1,981KB)


Contact Information

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
1701 North Congress Avenue 
Austin, TX 78701-1401 
(512) 463-9581