Social Studies

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This social studies web page provides clarification, guidance, and support to social studies stakeholders, including districts, schools, parents, educators, and students, for the development and implementation of the K–12 social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Announcements

  • Black History Month: Each year, during February, we celebrate the history and cultural contributions of Black Americans in the United States. Students learn about the achievements, perspectives, struggles, and experiences of Black Americans throughout more than 400 years of American history. The TEA web page for Black History Month provides a variety of resources that can be used to honor Black History Month.
     
  • February Social Studies Stakeholder Engagement Sessions: As part of its commitment to expanding opportunities for information sharing and interaction with educators and parents, the social studies team is conducting an ongoing series of stakeholder engagement sessions. The one-hour sessions will be conducted on two separate days and times to increase the opportunity stakeholders have to attend. The information shared will be the same in each meeting.  All social studies stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, etc.) are invited to attend the next session by registering below.

Current Social Studies TEKS

The links below provide access to the web-based version of the current social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. You can also access a PDF version of the TEKS

Social Studies TEKS to Be Implemented in 2024-2025 

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted revisions to the social studies TEKS that align with legislative requirements passed in the 87th Legislature.  The revisions update the standards for kindergarten–8th grade and five high-school courses. For more information related to the Social Studies TEKS revision and implementation, please visit the 2021-2022 Social Studies TEKS Review websiteThe revised social studies TEKS will be implemented beginning with the 2024-2025 school year and can be accessed via the link below. 


For additional information about the social studies TEKS to be implemented in 2024-2025, please visit the FAQ document via the link below.

Personal Financial Literacy and Economics

Personal Financial Literacy and Economics is a new one-half credit high school course developed in response to Senate Bill (SB) 1063 and Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-22). Students may successfully complete either this new course or the Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits course to satisfy the half-credit economics requirement for high school graduation. Both economics courses are part of the required secondary curriculum.  

The requirement to offer both Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits and Personal Financial Literacy and Economics may be reduced to one by the commissioner of education upon application of a school district with a total high school enrollment of less than 500 students. Districts should complete the Request for Reduction in Required Curriculum Course Offerings form and return the form to curriculum@tea.texas.gov.

 

Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

The social studies team at TEA is committed to enhancing opportunities for stakeholder engagement across the state of Texas. Social Studies Stakeholder Engagement Sessions allow the TEA social studies team to expand information sharing and interaction with stakeholders. Each session has a different informational focus and includes a fifteen-to-twenty-minute presentation from TEA staff, followed by an opportunity for general questions and discussion related to social studies. Stakeholder engagement sessions are provided on two different days at two different times (during and outside of the school day) to provide stakeholders multiple opportunities to attend. The information shared is the same in each meeting.  All social studies stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, etc.) are invited to attend by registering below.

February Topic: Social Studies STAAR Tests 

Target Audience: Middle School Social Studies Teachers, High School Social Studies Teachers, District Administrators, Campus Administrators, Education Service Center Specialists, Parents, Professional Organizations

Dates & Times

Recent Social Studies Communications

The following recent newsletters and engagement session presentations have been shared by the TEA social studies team with stakeholders.

Additional Social Studies Resources

  • Each year, during the week that includes September 17, Texas schools honor Celebrate Freedom Week (TEC § 29.907) to highlight the values and ideals on which the United States was founded as well as the sacrifices that were made for freedom in the founding of the country. Students learn about the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.  Students also examine the relationship between the ideas in these documents and subsequent American history.
     
  • Celebrate Freedom Week
  • Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans who trace their heritage to Latin America or Spain. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. The following websites provide instructional materials, activities, and lessons that can be used to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and to support instruction in Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies
     
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Each year, during February, we celebrate the history and cultural contributions of Black Americans in the United States. Students learn about the achievements, perspectives, struggles, and experiences of Black Americans throughout more than 400 years of American history. The following websites provide a variety of lessons, activities, and instructional materials that can be used to honor Black History Month and to support instruction in Ethnic Studies: African American Studies and other social studies courses throughout the year. 
     
  • Black History Month
  • SB 1828 was passed in 2019 in acknowledgment of the Holocaust’s ongoing significance. SB 1828 instructs the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC) to develop or approve materials for public schools for a statewide Holocaust Remembrance Week. Counseled by the Commission, the Governor’s Office selected the week of January 27th as the date for Remembrance Week. (International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, which is the date that Auschwitz was “liberated” by Allied troops.)
     
  • Holocaust Remembrance Week

The effects of the recent acts of war carried out against the State of Israel and its people by the terrorist organization Hamas are being felt all over the world and in Texas. As details of the attacks on Israel and violence in the region are shared daily by news outlets and on social media, it is important to help our students learn about the roots of the conflict and how to report incidents of hate speech and/or acts of violence. For optional resources to support lessons and conversations with students about the current conflict, please visit the TEA announcement for Educational Resources on Israeli Conflict for Texas Students. Parents and educators should determine which resources, if any, best fit the needs of their families and community.

Contact Information

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
(512) 463-9581

For questions or additional information, please submit a Curriculum Request Form through the TEA Help Desk.

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Social Studies and Reading Language Arts Team

Jim Doris
Social Studies/Reading Language Arts Director

Jenny Gaona
Social Studies Content Specialist

Tim Bryant
K-8 Reading Language Arts and Social Studies Content Specialist

Guiomar Andújar
Spanish Content Specialist

Tamara Robert
Reading Language Arts Content Specialist