Texas Education Agency’s
Social Studies Classrooms
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Advanced Placement Program*
Welcome to the revised Lighthouse Initiative for Social Studies.
The purpose of this Web site is to help Texas social studies teachers better understand how to approach curriculum, instruction, and assessment to assist their students in moving on to success in Advanced Placement Program* (AP*) courses and other advanced academic programs. Social studies teachers in grades 6 through 10—whether or not their courses are labeled "Pre-AP*"—face two enormous tasks: (1) teaching the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to prepare their students for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS); and (2) cultivating the rigor and skills to put AP and other advanced programs within their students' reach.
The good news is that these are not divergent tasks. Indeed, teaching the TEKS content at the cognitive level, and with the depth and complexity that the TEKS call for, necessitates the same kind of teaching strategies that define a successful Pre-AP course.
The key to understanding how these goals coincide is an appreciation of the link between curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the social studies classroom.
This site was reviewed in spring 2008 for formatting consistency and adherence to standard copyright guidelines for educational materials. The review did not include modification to the content contributed by the development committee for the Lighthouse Initiative for Social Studies Classrooms.
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