The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each subject of the required curriculum. The SBOE periodically reviews and revises the TEKS for each subject area. Subscribe to updates from TEA.
For each TEKS subject-area review, the SBOE nominates
educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to
serve on TEKS review work groups. Work groups make recommendations to the SBOE for
revisions to the TEKS. The SBOE’s TEKS review and
revision process requires the board to determine for each subject area the
scope of each review, either a full revision or a streamlining of the
A full revision of the TEKS
consists of reviewing and modifying the existing standards or developing new
standards for a particular subject area or career and technical education (CTE)
Career Cluster. A full revision is conducted to ensure that the standards are
rigorous, reflect current topics and up-to-date research, and address the
essential knowledge and skills at the appropriate grade levels. The TEKS may
undergo significant or minimal changes during a full revision, depending on the
needs of the subject area and the condition of the existing standards. The SBOE
typically calls for instructional materials aligned to the revised TEKS after a
full revision of the standards.
Streamlining the standards
refers to reducing the content required to be mastered by students during an
instructional year or prior to a relevant summative state assessment, when
applicable. The goal of streamlining is to ensure the standards are focused on
only the knowledge and skills that are essential in each course/grade level.
Streamlining should produce fewer and clearer standards that are teachable in
the time allotted without diluting the rigor of the standards. At the discretion
of the SBOE, streamlining may be limited to only certain grade levels and
courses. Because streamlining focuses on reducing and not adding content, the
SBOE does not call for new instructional materials aligned to streamlined TEKS.
TEKS Review Resources
The following documents provide additional information related to the SBOE's new process and timelines for the review and revision of the TEKS.
TEKS Review Process, 2017 (PDF, 166KB) (Approved June 2017)
TEKS and Instructional Materials Working Document (PDF, 70KB) (Updated June 2017)
Subject Area Reviews
The following sites provide additional information about the TEKS review and revision process by subject area.
Social Studies TEKS Streamlining
Science TEKS Streamlining
English Language Arts and Reading TEKS Review
Spanish Language Arts and Reading and English as a Second Language TEKS Review
Career and Technical Education TEKS
Languages Other Than English TEKS Review
Fine Arts TEKS Review
Mathematics TEKS Review
Technology Applications TEKS Review
Social Studies TEKS Review
English Language Arts Electives TEKS Review