TEKS Resource System: ESC 17

Fall 2020

A Note from the TEKS Resource System Director, Ann Graves

Hello TEKS Resource System partners! As you reimagine education with teachers and your community, please be reassured that our curriculum continues to be a viable and valuable tool regardless of the setting in which that instruction occurs.

In responding to the Texas Home Learning (THL 3.0) and learning management system (LMS) requirements from TEA, we want you to know that your TEKS Resource System curriculum aligns with TEA mandates of TEKS-aligned content including content connections, formative and summative assessment items, and support resources. The TEKS Resource System team along with content specialists in ESCs across the state are actively aligning new resources starting with the units in the first nine weeks of school. These resources will be accessible from the TEKS Resource System home page. Additionally, we will provide a new correlation document between TEKS Resource System and THL. Both of these documents will be continually updated throughout the school year.

We understand that in these uncharted times your community will face challenges. We know your responsibilities have expanded rapidly, including learning new technology systems, creating blended and remote learning approaches, and providing new professional development. There will be many questions and unforeseen circumstances, but we will stand with you to support your teachers, students, and community.

Beginning of Year Reminder

Please make sure you add new users and disable educators who have left your district at the beginning of each school year. If you need a reminder about how to do this, please click on the relevant document below.

Add a New User Account

Disable or Enable a User Account

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TEKS Resource System, in collaboration with Education Service Centers, will be providing additional support to educators for both the synchronous and asynchronous learning environments by offering the following:

  • TEKS Resource System Instructional Support Resources
  • Texas Home Learning (THL) Correlation
  • Education Service Center Support

The first nine weeks Instructional Support Resources are now available through the Planning Support and Resources page. These resources will continue to be rolled out for each nine weeks.

You can click on the "Read More" button to advance to the next page.

What's in the Instructional Support Resources?

When you click on the pull-down box, "Resource Type" a list of grade levels from Kindergarten to 12th Grade pops up. Users will simply choose their grade level. A list of the content areas will populate (English Language Arts and Reading, Spanish Language Arts and Reading (up to 5th Grade), Math, Matematicas (up to 5th Grade), Science, Ciencias (up to 5th Grade), Social Studies, Estudios Sociales (up to 5th Grade), and CTE Science (Anatomy and Physiology and Forensic Science).

Users will click on the link to the resource they choose to use.

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Gap Implementatin Tool Videos

Below are content specific videos that describe how to read, locate, and use the Gap Implementation Tools that are part of the TEKS Resource System. The TEKS Resource System Gap Implementation Tool reminds teachers to consider all previous grade level(s) standards of the last nine weeks that are aligned to the current grade level standards of the 2020-2021 school year.

Note: Since these tools highlight the standards of the previous grade level(s), there is not a Kindergarten Gap Implementation Tool. In addition, the Social Studies Gap Implementation Tool focuses on the skills found in the Thinking Like A Historian Resource since the social studies context typically changes as you move across the grade level courses.

The Math and Science videos are about 30 minutes long and the ELAR and Social Studies videos are only about 15 min long. If you need any support using the tools, please reach out to the regional ESC for your district.

RLA Gap Implementation Tools

Math Gap Implementation Tools

Science Gap Implementation Tools

Social Studies Gap Implementation Tools

Workshops, Sessions, and Updates

Carol Julian and Heather Sherrill

Use the resources on the Math page for use in your classroom. Look for the updates these as Carol and Heather create/find new ideas!! These ideas may be from previous workshops they've done or ideas from teachers like you! Feel free to download and use any of the resources they have provided!

K-12 Math Smore

Math Sessions

All resources are math-specific, but not all are TEKS Resource System based.

Math Updates:

There are NEW math documents located in the Resources folder of each mathematics grade level.

The Backward Design Document for each grade level is a single document that condenses major curriculum elements into an easily viewable grid. This document demonstrates the alignment of Overarching and Unit Understandings and Questions with Performance Assessments by unit. This "big picture" can contribute to a teacher's understanding of the course structure. It prints best on 8.5"x14" paper (legal-size).

There are also Grade Band Concepts Charts for K - 5 Mathematics, K - 5 Matemáticas, 6 - 8 Mathematics, and HS Mathematics. Each grade level chart is a collection of overarching-level concepts (macro) and unit-level concepts (micro) related to the strands of the TEKS.


  • Continual review of / minor updates to curriculum components (no Year at a Glance changes)


  • Continual review of / minor updates to assessment items
  • Addition of 60 new Formative Assessment Items per grade level for Kindergarten - Grade 5 in both English and Spanish
  • Addition of 60 new Unit Assessment Items per high school course for Algebra II, Geometry, Mathematical Models of Application, and Precalculus
  • New development of 147 Unit Assessment Items for Algebraic Reasoning


  • Mathematics COVID-19 Gap Implementation Tool
    • Available for Grades 1 - 8, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, MMA, Precalculus, and Algebraic Reasoning
    • Encourages inclusion of previous foundational understandings when appropriate throughout the year
    • Designed with considerations of pre-assessing, wrapping vertically aligned grade level understandings, and spiraling of concepts prior to and after instruction to solidify foundational understandings seamlessly
    • Training provided to all ESCs to better support districts (contact your local ESC regarding district trainings offered)
    • Explanation of Mathematics COVID-19 Gap Implementation Tool Instructions PDF posted in Grade Level Resources

Tammy Motley

Region 17 ESC offers unique opportunities for professional growth through face-to-face content workshops, online workshops, on-site coaching, and individual mentoring. Tammy Motley, at tmotley@esc17.net, is Region 17's Science Specialist.

Check out these links:

K-12 Science Scoop for the latest Science updates.

Region 17 Science Resources for lots of great resources and teaching tools.

Science Updates!


  • NEW: Backward Design Documents
  • Systems Biology YAGs - added B.9A to Cell Structure unit for 2020-2021 in both Macro-Micro and Micro-Macro
  • DRAFT 2021-2022 Systems Biology YAG - Posted in Resource Section - moved Cell Cycle causing other units to shift


  • More NEW Formative Assessment Items coming soon - Grades 6-8
  • NEW IPC Unit Assessment Items for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Currently calibrating formatting of all assessment items for consistency


  • COVID-19 Gap Implementation Tools - available in the Resource section and linked on the applicable IFDs in the Overview and System Resources sections
    • Grades 1-8 and Biology: There were no gaps from Grade 8 to IPC, Chemistry, or Physics
Science Sessions

All resources are science-specific, but not all are TEKS Resource System based.

Sabrina Blankenship

Region 17 ESC offers multiple workshops and training for Social Studies teachers from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Browse our Social Studies page for Texas Resources, National Resources, and World Resources. Sabrina Blankenship, at sblankenship@esc17.net, is ESC 17's Social Studies specialist.

Social Studies Update:


  • All streamlining for social studies has been completed with publishing elementary curriculum and assessment. All the standards in the system reflect streamlining. Tweaks to assessment items, curricular units, and resources like the Backward Design docs have been made to reflect streamlining changes


  • All PAs have been reviewed and a few have been revised. All elementary and middle school PAs now have single-point rubrics. See the TRS Social Studies Blog entry "Introducing the Single-Point Rubric" at https://teksrusss.edublogs.org/. Secondary will come soon.
  • STAAR Analysis updated with 2019 items with analysis for Grade 8 and US History
  • With the cancellation of STAAR, there will be no update for 2020-21
  • STAAR Blueprint and Item Percentages updated with 2019 data


  • Each secondary grade level now has a resource titled "Learning Goals Planning Tool" that help break down unit understandings into learning goals that serve as an instructional guide for lesson building.
  • Vocabulary flash cards are now available K-12.
  • Gap Tool for Grade 1-12 demonstrating possible unfinished learning from the previous year due to COVID-19 disruptions.
  • Mental Mapping resource suggesting ways to integrating mental mapping.
  • Celebrate Freedom and Other Mandatory Observances resource now includes Holocaust Remembrance Week
  • NCSS Notable Trade Books for Young People resource updated with 2020 trade books.
  • Thinking Like a Historian Resource for all grade-levels includes a vertical alignment of K-12 social studies processes which supports the Thinking Like a Historian unit in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11
Social Studies Resources

All resources are Social Studies-specific, but not all are TEKS Resource System based.


Region 17 offers unique opportunities for professional growth through face-to-face content workshops, online workshops, on-site coaching, and individual mentoring. To set up a campus meeting or training, please contact our specialists:

Julie Rogers (K-3)- jrogers@esc17.net

Jerard Lafuente (4-8) - jlafuente@esc17.net,

Greg Reeves (High School) - greeves@esc17.net.

ELAR Update:


  • All HS ELAR curriculum components


  • All first semester ELAR K-5 Performance Assessment rubrics


  • ELAR & SLAR Gap Implementation Tool 1st - 6th grades (see more below)
  • ELAR Grade 4 & 5 Phonics Scope and Sequence, SLAR K-Grade 3 Phonics Scope and Sequence (updated)
  • SLAR Vertical YAGs (updated)

Coming soon:

  • ELAR/SLAR Performance Assessment Rubrics (mid/late fall)
  • New Resources for ELAR K-8 & SLAR K-6: Backward Design Document and Conventions Alignment Tool
K-3 Literacy Updates & Sessions

All workshops are RLA-specific, but not all are TEKS Resource System based.

4-8 RLA Sessions

All workshops are RLA-specific, but not all are TEKS Resource System based.

Kindergarten-5th Grade ELAR Phonics Scope and Sequence Posted

The Phonics Scope and Sequence can be found in the Resources section. This resource, organized by unit, contains the student expectation, The Suggested Concept/Skill, Examples, and Notes.

The addition of the Phonics Scope and Sequence has caused minor changes to the YAG, TVD, and IFDs. Those changes can be found in the Revisions section on the Home Page.

New High School ELAR Curriculum Documents are LIVE!

These can be found in High School ELAR through the Quick Search on the TEKS Resource System home page.

Choose your "High School Courses", English Language Arts and Reading, and select the course you teach. Next, click on <Search>.

Select the TEKS Resource System Component you wish to view.


The TEKS Resource System home page has a support button like no other! When you click on the Support button, you are taken to a Support Library that includes topics for brand new teachers, veteran teachers, and administrators like:

  • Getting Started
  • Assessments
  • Video Tutorials
  • System Management
  • Curriculum & Resources
  • System Tools
  • TCMPC Videos
  • Frequently Asked Questions.

Tools to Use:


Year At A Glance Planner- This interactive planner helps you map out each six-week period. Adjust your instructional time according to the events occurring at your campus and district.

YAG-O-Matic Instructions

This PDF file will take you through the YAG-O-Matic, step-by-step. Take this planner and map out each six-week period. Adjust your instructional time according to the events occurring at your campus and district. The planner is interactive and as you map out each six-week period, the Year At a Glance calculates the true instructional days you have for each of the six weeks. No surprises when you plan ahead.

YAG-O-Matic Instructions

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Region 17 TEKS Resource System

This component provides schools with information and resources to facilitate an increase in student performance. The Curriculum cooperative provides access to professional development, instructional technology, instructional resources, on-site coaching, and up-to-date information and technical assistance.

For a complete State-Wide TEKS Resource System newsletter, click HERE.

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