TEKS Review and Revision

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.

TEKS Review

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 standards.  

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