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This site will provide you with information on curriculum, assessment, rules, etc. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this site for individuals working to provide high quality social studies programs for students. Join our mailing list and receive updates. 

The social studies team in the Division of Curriculum provides direction and leadership to the social studies program, Kindergarten - grade 12. Staff assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for social studies; collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in the development of state social studies assessments; assists the Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division (IMET) in overseeing the textbook adoption process for K-12 social studies instructional materials; and reviews state certifications related to ELA-Reading with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The social studies team provides on-going communication with the field about current issues pertaining to the social studies curriculum and policy interpretations related to graduation requirements in 19 TAC Chapter 74.

Professional Development

Several statewide professional development courses on the revised social studies TEKS are currently available face-to-face at your ESC and online though Project Share, and new courses will be available soon.  For details on available courses and how to access them, contact your ESC and/or visit

Related Links

TEKS for Social Studies (TAC Chapter 113)
TEKS for Economics (TAC Chapter 118)

Information on Personal Financial Literacy

Student Assessment Division

"This House is Your House” Social Studies Curriculum (outside source)
     Letter from Commissioner Scott (PDF, 384KB)
     Letter from First Lady Anita Perry (PDF, 98KB)  
     Video - History of the Mansion -|- Video Transcript (PDF, 21KB)  


Julie Brelsford, Statewide Social Studies Coordinator
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581

Curriculum Division
(512) 463-9581


Page last modified on 8/15/2014 10:38:45 AM.