Lighthouse Initiative for Texas Classrooms

The Texas Education Agency’s
Lighthouse Initiative for
Mathematics Classrooms

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
and the
Advanced Placement Program*

Why a lighthouse? In the summer of 2001, a document was produced to help teachers in grades 7–12 understand how the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for English/language arts and reading aligned with Advanced Placement Program* English objectives. Being the creative people that they are, the English teachers chose a lighthouse as a metaphor for their project.

The great beacon at the top of the lighthouse should make safe the navigation of ships to their appointed harbors. –Unknown

Just as a lighthouse must sit on bedrock, the TEKS for mathematics form the foundation for curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Texas mathematics classrooms. The classroom curriculum should provide students with a challenging framework of lessons designed to help them "navigate" important, often difficult, material.

The Lighthouse Initiative for Mathematics Classrooms was created by teachers for teachers to help plan and coordinate mathematics Pre-AP* programs. The goal of the Lighthouse Initiative is to enable students from all walks of life to participate in AP* classes, thus lighting the way for future academic success.

Please note: This Web site was updated in fall 2007 to reflect the revisions to the mathematics TEKS.

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