Curriculum Standards

Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state's public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

What are the TEKS state standards?
School district in Texas are required to utilize state standards called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). These standards govern the specific skills to be taught at a given grade level or course (Texas Education Code 28.002)

Do Texas school districts use Common Core?
No. In 2008, former Texas Governor Perry declared that Texas is best suited to determine the curriculum standards for its own students and should not commit to the adoption of national standards. Hence, Texas is one of the states which decided not to participate in the development and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Below is the link to the current standards, as well as information about the adoption process:

The Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative (TCMPC) provides content and support for this online curriculum management system which is designed as a resource for teachers, schools, and districts across the state.
All of the system’s content is aligned to the most current versions of the Texas State Board of Education-adopted TEKS for the following subject areas:

  • English Language Arts and Reading (grades K-12)
  • Mathematics (grades K-12)
  • Science (grades K-12)
  • Social Studies (grades K-12)
  • Spanish Language Arts and Reading (grades K-5)
  • Spanish translated versions of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies (grades K-5)

The TEKS Resource system is highly customizable, and Texas school districts, charter schools, and private schools of all sizes utilize the system and its resources differently. Therefore, in order to better understand how your child’s teacher and school are utilizing the TEKS Resource System and its tools, it is always best to contact your child's school principal for additional information.

For additional resources, the TEA provides free access to Texas Gateway: