It’s hard to keep up with changes with Texas curriculum and STAAR testing. Here’s how to start your year off right with accurate updates to the Texas Social Studies Standards.
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do in each subject of the required curriculum. The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the TEKS for each subject of the required curriculum, including social studies.
You can view the most recent Texas Social Studies TEKS online.
The TEKS for Social Studies generally includes the following subjects at different grade levels:
Culture and Society: This involves the study of different cultures, social institutions, cultural diversity, and how societies have changed over time.
During the November 2022 meeting, the State Board of Education (SBOE) made important updates to the social studies TEKS to ensure alignment with recent legislative requirements. These revisions specifically targeted the standards for the following courses:
These updates ensure that the social studies curriculum reflects the most current legislative guidelines and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of these subjects. By incorporating the changes mandated by the legislature, teachers can equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s society.
These revised social studies TEKS will go into effect starting from the 2024-2025 school year. You will need to update many of your current classroom materials so that they can align with the new Texas social studies curriculum.
The following changes to the social studies TEKS will take effect on August 1, 2024:
The TEA has recently released test prep resources for the Texas STAAR Social Studies test.
Grade 8 Social Studies Performance Level Descriptors (updated 08/02/19)
Civics Items Guidance (PDF posted 10/10/22)
You can view TeacherMade’s complete guide to Texas STAAR here.
Texas Social Studies Teachers can use TeacherMade to create authentic assignments and assessment that simulate question types on the Texas STAAR.
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