High-Quality Instructional Materials

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A growing body of research points to the positive impact high-quality instructional materials can have on student learning. TEA defines full-subject high-quality materials as those that ensure full coverage of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), align with research-based instructional strategies in each subject area, and support all learners.    

What are Full-Subject High-Quality Instructional Materials? 

High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) are curricular resources that: 

  • Ensure full coverage of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 
  • Are aligned to evidence-based best practices in the relevant content areas of RLA, math, science, and social studies. 
  • Support all learners, including students with disabilities, English Learners, and students identified as gifted and talented. 
  • Enables frequent progress monitoring through embedded and aligned assessments.
  • Includes implementation supports for teachers.
  • Provide teacher and student-facing lesson-level materials. 

Why are HQIM Important? 

High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) allow students to engage more deeply and meaningfully with the Texas standards and supports teachers in ensuring all students have access to high-quality and rigorous grade-level content. Student outcomes improve when they have greater access to: 

  • Grade-appropriate assignments 
  • Strong instruction 
  • Deep engagement; and 
  • Teachers with high expectations 

HQIM provides teachers with a foundational resource that ensures all students will have access to rigorous, grade level content.

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