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The STAAR Alternate Curriculum Framework documents list the reporting categories, knowledge and skills statements, and student expectations tested by STAAR in each grade and subject or high school course. TEA summarizes each knowledge and skills statement into an essence statement that serves as the connection between the grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the online system. The Curriculum Framework documents also list access points in the form of prerequisite skills that link to the students expectations on the Vertical Alignment documents for each grade and subject or high school course.
Teachers can use the Curriculum Framework to target instruction for the ten essence statements assessed each year. Teachers can determine where each individual student is performing on the framework document for each essence statement and focus instruction to move him or her to the highest student expectation he or she can attain for a given year.
We have added a list of instructional terms for each subject to the beginning of each curriculum framework. Students must be familiar with these terms as they are developmentally able to comprehend the content. Students in higher grades need to know the terms presented in earlier grades.
To see all available STAAR Alternate resources, visit the STAAR Alternate Resources webpage. The links below open PDF (Portable Document Format) files.
For additional information, contact:
Student Assessment Division
1701 North Congress Avenue, Room 3-122A
Austin, Texas 78701