Social Studies

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This social studies web page provides clarification, guidance, and support to social studies stakeholders, including districts, schools, parents, educators, and students, for the development and implementation of the K–12 social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Announcements

New Social Studies TEKS Resource: Social Studies Skills Matrices: These skills matrices provide a detailed look at the social studies skills strand by grade band (Kindergarten- Grade 5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12).

July and August Social Studies Stakeholder Engagement Sessions: The social studies team at 鶹ý is committed to enhancing opportunities for stakeholder engagement across the state of Texas. Social Studies Stakeholder Engagement Sessions allow the 鶹ý social studies team to expand information sharing and interaction with stakeholders.

July Topic: Clarifying the Social Studies TEKS Being Implemented in the 2024–2025 School Year (For a detailed description of the topic, see the Stakeholder Engagement Sessions section of this web page below.)

Date & Times

Grades K–5: Monday, July 15 @ 10:00–11:00 a.m. 
Grades 6–8: Tuesday, July 16 @ 10:00–11:00 a.m. 
Grades 9–12: Wednesday, July 17 @ 10:00–11:00 a.m.

August Topic: Celebrate Freedom Week (For a detailed description of the topic, see the Stakeholder Engagement Sessions section of this web page below.)

Dates & Times

Monday, August 26 @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Current Social Studies TEKS

The links below provide access to the web-based version of the current social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. You can also access a PDF version of the TEKS.

Social Studies TEKS to Be Implemented in 2024-2025

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted revisions to the social studies TEKS that align with legislative requirements passed in the 87th Legislature. The revisions update the standards for kindergarten–8th grade and five high-school courses. For more information related to the Social Studies TEKS revision and implementation, please visit the2021-2022 Social Studies TEKS Review website.The revised social studies TEKS will be implemented beginning with the 2024-2025 school year and can be accessed via the link below.

  • Effective August 1, 2024:


For additional information about the social studies TEKS to be implemented in 2024-2025, please visit the FAQ document via the link below.

Social Studies TEKS Resources

鶹ý has developed resources to support the implementation of the revised social studies standards. The skills matrices provide a detailed look at the social studies skills strand by grade band (Kindergarten- Grade 5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12). Each grade level/course TEKS crosswalk provides a summary of the TEKS revisions and shows the differences between the 2018 TEKS and the 2022 TEKS being implemented in the 2024-2025 school year. You can access the skills matrices and crosswalks below.

Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

The social studies team at 鶹ý is committed to enhancing opportunities for stakeholder engagement across the state of Texas. Social Studies Stakeholder Engagement Sessions allow the 鶹ý social studies team to expand information sharing and interaction with stakeholders. All social studies stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, etc.) are invited to attend by registering below.

July Topic: Clarifying the Social Studies TEKS Being Implemented in the 2024–2025 School Year

Target Audience: Social Studies Stakeholders—Teachers, District Administrators, Campus Administrators, Education Service Center Specialists, Parents, Professional Organizations

Session Description: The 鶹ý social studies team will provide a closer look at the new student expectations to be implemented in the upcoming school year. Each of the three sessions is focused on one specific grade-level band. To support understanding of the revised social studies TEKS, the social studies team will provide and explain resources such as a social studies skills matrix, an FAQ, and TEKS crosswalk documents.

Date & Times

  • Grades K–5: Monday, July 15 @ 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades 6–8: Tuesday, July 16 @ 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades 9–12: Wednesday, July 17 @10:00–11:00 a.m.

August Topic: Celebrate Freedom Week

Target Audience: Social Studies Stakeholders—Teachers, District Administrators, Campus Administrators, Education Service Center Specialists, Parents, Professional Organizations

Session Description: In this stakeholder engagement session, the 鶹ý social studies team will focus on Celebrate Freedom Week (TEC § 29.907), which occurs each year during the week that includes September 17. During this week each year, Texas schools emphasize the values and ideals on which the United States was founded as well as the sacrifices that were made for freedom in the founding of the country. This 鶹ý stakeholder engagement session will highlight Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and required instruction related to Celebrate Freedom Week and instructional resources found on the 鶹ý Celebrate Freedom Week web page.

Dates & Times
• Monday, August 26 @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 27 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

PDF Flyerfor the Social Studies Stakeholder Engagement Sessions for July and August.

Personal Financial Literacy and Economics

Personal Financial Literacy and Economics is a one-half credit high school course developed in response to and Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(b-22). Students may successfully complete either this new course or the Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits course to satisfy the half-credit economics requirement for high school graduation. Both economics courses are part of the required secondary curriculum.

The requirement to offer both Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits and Personal Financial Literacy and Economics may be reduced to one by the commissioner of education upon application of a school district with a total high school enrollment of less than 500 students. Districts should complete the Request for Reduction in Required Curriculum Course Offerings form and return the form to the .

Recent Social Studies Communications

The following recent newsletters and engagement session presentations have been shared by the 鶹ý social studies team with stakeholders.

Additional Social Studies Resources

  • In response to Senate Bill (SB) 30, also known as The Community Safety Education Act, the State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted a rule to include the instruction developed under ,in one or more courses in the required curriculum for students in grades 9-12. The SBOE adopted the new rule in Title 19 of the,effective August 27, 2018. This rule requires school districts and charter schools to provide instruction to students in grades 9-12 on proper interaction with peace officers during traffic stops and other in-person encounters.
  • Senate Bill (SB) 30, Community Safety Education Act Frequently Asked Questions
  • Each year, during the week that includes September 17, Texas schools honor Celebrate Freedom Week (TEC § 29.907) to highlight the values and ideals on which the United States was founded as well as the sacrifices that were made for freedom in the founding of the country. Students learn about the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Students also examine the relationship between the ideas in these documents and subsequent American history.
  • Celebrate Freedom Week
  • Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans who trace their heritage to Latin America or Spain. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. The following websites provide instructional materials, activities, and lessons that can be used to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and to support instruction in.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Each year, during February, we celebrate the history and cultural contributions of Black Americans in the United States. Students learn about the achievements, perspectives, struggles, and experiences of Black Americans throughout more than 400 years of American history. The following websites provide a variety of lessons, activities, and instructional materials that can be used to honor BlackHistory Month and to support instruction inand other social studies courses throughout the year.
  • Black History Month
  • SB 1828 was passed in 2019 in acknowledgment of the Holocaust’s ongoing significance. SB 1828 instructs the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC) to develop or approve materials for public schools for a statewide Holocaust Remembrance Week. Counseled by the Commission, the Governor’s Office selected the week of January 27th as the date for Remembrance Week. (International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, which is the date that Auschwitz was “liberated” by Allied troops.)

The effects of the recent acts of war carried out against the State of Israel and its people by the terrorist organization Hamas are being felt all over the world and in Texas. As details of the attacks on Israel and violence in the region are shared daily by news outlets and on social media, it is important to help our students learn about the roots of the conflict and how to report incidents of hate speech and/or acts of violence. For optional resources to support lessons and conversations with students about the current conflict, please visit the 鶹ý announcement for Educational Resources on Israeli Conflict for Texas Students. Parents and educators should determine which resources, if any, best fit the needs of their families and community.

Contact Information

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
(512) 463-9581

For questions or additional information, please submit a Curriculum Request Form through the 鶹ý Help Desk.

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Social Studies and Reading Language Arts Team

Jim Doris
Social Studies/Reading Language Arts Director

Jenny Gaona
Social Studies Content Specialist

Tim Bryant
K-8 Reading Language Arts and Social Studies Content Specialist

Guiomar Andújar
Spanish Content Specialist

Tamara Robert
Reading Language Arts Content Specialist