For students in kindergarten through high school, Texas requires that they receive instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and participate in the statewide assessment system. For preschool children receiving a public education, Texas does not require prekindergarten curriculum. Since research clearly demonstrates the value of early education for young children, TEA designed a document to help educators make good decisions about what to teach their prekindergarten students.
To prepare children for academic success, it is important that prekindergarten programs employ effective teaching practices that help children grow intellectually and socially.
The purpose of the Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines document is to help educators make informed decisions about curriculum content for prekindergarten children. The guidelines also provide a means to align the prekindergarten programs with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
What Parents Need To Know
To effectively participate in the ARD process, parents need to know what learning standards are expected for other children at the same age. The Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines will help families to become familiar with what is expected of students enrolled in prekindergarten. Once you know what is expected, you can help the ARD team determine the most appropriate educational plan for your child.
The Preschool Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147495508
In addition, the Texas Education Agency has developed the Early Childhood Outcomes and PreKindergarten Alignment document. The purpose of this document is to align each Prekindergarten guideline to one or more of the three Early Childhood Outcomes, and provide educators and families with discussion prompts to explain how each outcome relates to the guideline.
The document also provides modifications and adaptations for children with disabilities and extends to include a developmental continuum for teachers to use in developing appropriate goals for children who are developmentally functioning below four-year-old expectations, based on the guidelines. Additionally, foundational skills that will lead to expected three-year-old and four-year-old skills are discussed throughout the document. The foundational skills can be used to provide a direct link to Prekindergarten Guidelines and as starting point for the students who are the farthest away form age-appropriate skill levels when they enter Early Childhood Special Education Programs. The connection of the foundational skills to the Prekindergarten Guidelines will help educators design developmentally appropriate, individualized goals for their youngest learners including students with disabilities, students learning English as a second language, as well as any child who may be at risk educationally.
• Early Childhood Outcomes and Prekindergarten Guidelines Alignment Document - TEA, ESC XIII and The Early Childhood Outcomes Center/OSEP
• Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten Progress Monitoring Instruments (scroll down near the bottom of the page) - TEA
• Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and Training (2008) - The Children’s Learning Institute