Curriculum and Instruction 

State law mandates that school districts provide both a foundation and enrichment curriculum, with instruction in the essential knowledge and skills determined by the State Board of Education. The following are resources related to curriculum, early childhood education, dual credit, and distance learning.

Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten
Dual Credit and Distance Learning
Curriculum

Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on early childhood education and kindergarten, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

EHA Basic Instructional Program
EHAA Required Instruction for All Levels
EHAB Required Instruction for Elementary Students
EHBG Prekindergarten

TASB Resources

  • The My Texas Public Schools Website was created by TASB to provide parents with answers to common question about Texas public schools.

Other Resources

  • The TEA Kindergarten FAQs answer questions related to student eligibility, acceleration, program requirements, and other kindergarten issues.
  • The TEA Early Childhood Education in Texas Website provides information on prekindergarten and other early childhood education programs, including answers to frequently asked questions, grant information, and related resources.
  • The TEA English Language Arts and Reading Website describes programs for reading instruction and includes related resources such as the commissioner’s list of reading instruments.

Dual Credit and Distance Learning

Related Policies

For more information on dual credit and distance learning, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

EGA Innovative and Magnet Programs
EHDD College Course Work/Dual Credit
EHDE Distance Learning

Other Resources

  • The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) Website provides information and data regarding online courses for public school districts, students, parents, and approved providers.
  • The TEA Early College High School Website provides information on an initiative to provide students least likely to attend college dual credit opportunities at a high school located near a college campus so that they may earn a significant number of college credit hours.
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Dual Credit Website provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding dual credit programs.

Curriculum

Related Policies

For more information on curriculum, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

EEL          Contracts with Outside Agencies for Educational Services
EEP Lesson Plans
EGA Innovative and Magnet Programs
EHA Basic Instructional Program
EHAA Required Instruction (All Levels)
EHAB Required Instruction (Elementary)
EHAC Required Instruction (Secondary)
EHAD Elective Instruction
EMB Teaching About Controversial Issues
EMI Study of Religion

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Religion in the Public Schools is a legal outline with guidance about teaching religion in public classrooms and responding to student expression of religious beliefs on campus.
  • TASB Legal Services' Religious Accommodations is a legal outline with guidance related to accommodating students' religious practices in the school district setting.
  • TASB Legal Services' Bible Curriculum in Texas is an article discussing the state requirement that aspects of the Bible be taught in public schools.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Employee and Student Legal Issues Related to the Holiday Season addresses legal issues that arise in the winter holiday season, including school activities related to specific holidays.
  • TASB Legal Services' Religion in the Public Schools DVD, available for sale in the TASB Store, guides teachers, administrators, and others in the school community on the careful balance between our constitutional protections of free speech and free exercise of religion and the prohibition on establishing religion in the public schools.
  • TASB Legal Services' First Amendment Basics is an outline, available free online, that accompanies the Religion in the Public Schools DVD and guides school officials on constitutional issues related to religion in schools.
  • TASB Legal Services' Employee Religious Expression is an outline, available free online, that accompanies the Religion in the Public Schools DVD and includes a discussion of the bounds on religious expression as part of the curriculum.
  • For more information on religion in the public schools, see eSource at CommunityReligion in the Public Schools.

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Chapter 74 Curriculum Requirements Website includes the applicable administrative rules.
  • The TEA Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Website provides information on the state standards for what students must know and be able to do.
  • The TEA Innovative Courses Website provides a list of approved courses that fall outside of the foundation and enrichment curricula.
  • The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Driver Education and Safety Website provides information about driver education, driving safety, drug and alcohol driving awareness program, frequently asked questions, and related laws and rules.
  • The U.S. Department of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Website provides information and links to resources regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.