Positive Character Traits Education

The Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.906 states that the State Board of Education (SBOE) shall integrate positive character traits into the essential knowledge and skills adopted for kindergarten through grade 12, as appropriate. The law further states that the following character traits must be included in instruction:

  • Courage
  • Trustworthiness, including honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty
  • Integrity
  • Respect and courtesy
  • Responsibility, including accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control
  • Fairness, including justice and freedom from prejudice
  • Caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, patience, generosity, and charity
  • Good citizenship, including patriotism, concern for the common good and the community, and respect for authority and the law
  • School pride
  • Gratitude

The new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in positive character traits will be effective in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) on August 1, 2021 and will be required to be implemented in classrooms beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. The agency will make the new TEKS available on the TEA website before the effective date for districts to use in their planning. In the interim, please use the document below which reflects the TEKS as adopted by the SBOE and filed with the Texas Register.

In accordance with the rules adopted by the SBOE, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are required to provide instruction in the TEKS for positive character traits at least once during each of the following grade bands: kindergarten-grade 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. Schools may provide the required instruction in a variety of arrangements, including through a stand-alone course or by integrating the positive character traits standards in the TEKS for one or more courses or subject areas at the appropriate grade levels.

Chapter 120. Other Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
Subchapter A. Character Traits
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