exas has a long history of using academic standards to drive instruction and achievement for all students. In 1984, a state curriculum framework called the Essential Elements (EEs) established what students should have the opportunity to learn. The EEs were an important step in that they represented the first time in Texas that a state-mandated curriculum was spelled out in some detail. However, over time it became clear that more specificity and a clearer focus were necessary. As a revision of the Essential Elements, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) were developed to establish precisely what students should know and be able to do in each subject area for which TEKS were written, and to establish the degree of proficiency expected of students at given grade levels.

This site is a resource designed to support districts working to meet the challenge and the opportunity of the TEKS for science and mathematics. Here you will find tools and instructional materials that help you to better understand and to implement the TEKS.


This site has been created through a collaboration of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Agile Mind. Some of the included materials have been adapted from the efforts of researchers and practitioners. Other materials on the site have been contributed by the Dana Center or Agile Mind—or the organizations jointly—and were developed with the collaboration of educators throughout the United States as part of a system of programs intended to enable every student to have the opportunity to succeed in learning a challenging mathematics curriculum, supported by a teacher who has access to the most promising practices in instruction and formative assessment.

The Mathematics TEKS
The Science TEKS
Resources for implementation

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