Region 4, in collaboration with ESCs 3, 9, 11, 12, and 20 and with permission from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), created a series of TEKS-based, instructional decision making guides for educators working with students on alternate academic standards (prerequisite skills that are linked and/or aligned with grade-level standards. The guides were developed to cluster prerequisite skills (with an essence statement) and combine several aspects of the State's Vertical Alignment and Curriculum Framework documents for greater ease in selecting instructional targets. A separate guide was created for each essence statement (even those not assessed in a given year) in reading, math, writing, science and social studies. Educators will want to examine the current year's essence statements to be sure they are instructing in all of the essence statements to be assessed within a particular school year. Click below to access the guides.