Curriculum Updates

for K12 Texas Faculty & Staff

September 2019

K12 Training

Returning Staff: Did you transfer schools? Get a new title? Please update your K12 Training Profile. K12 Training Profile Job Aid

If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to Christy Brewer.



From Rhonda Tharp, TXeSchool Prep Teacher: Create your own account and if you type in vocab words, most of the time the definition populates. Sometimes, you can find complete “units” made by other students or teachers.

The Learning Network, The NY Times

Teach and Learn With The Times: Resources for Bringing the World Into Your Classroom

Student and Teacher Resources for ALL types of classrooms. Check it out!

Thank you Naomi Armstrong, TOPS Teacher, for sharing!

Internet Scavenger Hunts

Internet Scavenger Hunts

Organized by month. Click a month below for Internet Scavenger Hunts that are appropriate for that month. Click the "Anytime Scavenger Hunts" link to search out Internet Scavenger Hunts that might be used at any time during the year. Appropriate for ALL classrooms. Check it out!

Thank you, Brandie Fitch, TVAH Teacher for sharing!


Required Notification Regarding Algebra II

The 86th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, passed SB 232 requiring school districts, not later than September 1 of each school year, to notify by regular mail or e-mail the parents or guardians of each student enrolled in grade nine or above that state graduation requirements do not require a student to complete an Algebra II course to graduate under the Foundation High School Program. The notification must explain that if a student does not complete an Algebra II course, a student will not be eligible for—

  • automatic college admission or
  • certain financial aid including:
    • the TEXAS grant program under Subchapter M, Chapter 56; and
    • the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program under Subchapter P, Chapter 56.

This notification requirement applies beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

Visit for sample language that may be used when providing notification.

Reading Language Arts

RLA.....What's That?

The ELAR and SLAR acronyms are now changing to RLA, which stands for Reading/Language Arts. This term embodies the full breadth of the the Language Arts Curriculum that are encompassed in our new RLA standards, which are to be implemented for the 2019-2020 school year.

Update on STAAR Reading Language Arts

TEA has recently issued To the Administrator Addressed correspondence with important information related to grades 3-8 and end-of-course STAAR reading language arts assessments and related topics. The correspondence is available here: Updates on Reading Language Arts Standards, Assessment, and Accountability


Rhonda Tharp, TXeSchool Prep HS SS teacher, served as a member of the TEKS/curriculum writing team in 2008-2010. She has compiled a list of key terms, people, events and dates specified in the TEKS for grades 7-12.

7-12 TEKS Lists

Christy Brewer, Curriculum Coordinator

Supports ELA, Social Studies, Fine Arts, ELA Electives

AP Coordinator, K12 Training POC

Jillian Conte, Curriculum Coordinator

Supports Math, Science, Foreign Languages, CTE, Health, PE

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