TEKS Resource System Curriculum Documents
"Marzano concludes that a guaranteed and viable curriculum is the most powerful school-level factor in determining overall student achievement."
The TEKS Resource System development team, including Education Service Center personnel, and other content area experts have done extensive work adding specificity to the TEKS student expectations. With this added specificity, Texas Educators who use the TEKS Resource System track the development and complexity of an objective, or group of similar objectives, as they progress through grade levels. TEKS Resource System ensures that each standard from the TEKS framework includes specificity for each student expectation so standards are truly aligned between grade levels.
The Vertical Alignment, Year-at-a-Glance, and Instructional Focus Documents along with the TEKS Verification Matrix comprise the curriculum documents in TEKS Resource System. These documents are the foundation for all instructional planning. The TEKS Resource System curriculum is a foundation curriculum, guiding the "what" of instruction.
Vertical Alignment Documents
The TEKS Resource System Vertical Alignment Documents present clearly articulated and aligned standards among grade levels using the TEKS statements and student expectations. The Vertical Alignment Documents present a tightly aligned curriculum that delineates student expectations with specificity. This ensures that the teacher understands exactly what is to be taught and can plan effective instruction.
The TEKS Resource System Year-at-a-Glance is designed to present a snapshot of the entire year's instructional plan. The Year-at-a-Glance is a map and pacing guide for units of study. It makes the curriculum viable by ensuring that the teacher has adequate instructional time to present the required content.
Instructional Focus Documents
TEKS Resource System Instructional Focus Documents are used to group the specified standards from the Vertical Alignment Documents and the Year-at-a-Glance into a logical sequence for instruction.
The TEKS Resource System Unit Assessments are designed to assess the students' understanding of unit concepts and their ability to apply those concepts in a different context. Districts may choose to use the TEKS Resource System unit assessment data in a variety of ways: as formative or summative assessment data, graded or ungraded, completed by individuals or groups of students.
To sustain continuous improvement several attributes must be in place.
- A specific observable and measurable proficiency
- Ongoing collection of performance data; item analysis of those data
- Review both horizontally and vertically among the actual people responsible for instruction
- Adjustments to the instruction based on the item analysis
- Planning time on a regular basis for review of student performance among the people who share the care and instruction for the target population
- Sufficient time to allow for sustained growth among the students
These attributes are consistent with the TEKS Resource System curriculum. Having TEKS Resource System is not enough. The biggest impact of TEKS Resource will be in the ongoing curriculum and instruction discussions around vertical alignment, instructional focus, district/campus/teacher lesson planning, and pedagogy. We offer several professional development options to maximize your investment in the TEKS Resource System.