Science TEKS Revision Resources

The Science TEKS Review and Revision is in process—and as your professional association, STAT will keep you informed and help you engage with the process.

Curious about the overall progress being made in the Science TEKS Review process? Click below for an easy-to-navigate tracking chart.

Science TEKS Review Tracking Guide 

Latest News & Updates

8.11.21 – TEA Releases Draft of Final Recommendations for Science TEKS K–8

Update from TEA: Work Group F was convened in July 2021 to finalize recommendations for revisions to the science TEKS for kindergarten–grade 8. Work Group F was charged with ensuring that the final recommendations are vertically aligned and reviewing additional feedback. The work group also drafted a new strand on recurring themes and concepts based on a recommendation from Work Groups C and E.

The final recommendations for revisions to the K–8 science TEKS are presented in a vertical alignment chart. The chart presents the proposed recommendations for each grade with the work group’s rationales for the changes and reflects the alignment of the proposed recommendations across grade levels.

Download and review the Science TEKS Review Final Recommendations, K–8 (PDF, 1229KB).

STAT is appreciative of the commitment and responsiveness shown by the SBOE and TEA to ensure relevant stakeholder feedback is considered and applied and that vertical alignment is in place, as evidenced by the assembly of this additional work group (F) to thoughtfully build on the efforts of Work Groups C and E.


6.28.21 – STAT Update Related to SBOE June 22–25 Meeting – TEKS for Additional/Non-Core HS Courses Approved

The SBOE addressed a two science items at the June 22–25 meeting as expected: Other HS Science courses (Second Reading and Final Adoption) and Science TEKS for Elementary/Middle School (Discussion).

The SBOE gave final approval for updates and revisions to the TEKS for the following four high school science courses: Aquatic Science, Astronomy, Earth Science Systems (formerly titled Earth and Space Science), and Environmental Systems. Additionally, the board approved standards for a new Specialized Topics in Science course as well as related implementation language. This was the Second Reading and Final Adoption, following the prescribed process as outlined in the SBOE agenda and the TEKS Review Schedule. During the formal meeting, there was a motion to postpone approval of these courses until the September board meeting; however, there was an 8-6 vote against postponing. Following this vote, the SBOE entertained a motion to adopt the TEKS for the courses noted above, as presented. The motion carried unanimously (14-0), and the TEKS were adopted for these courses (the HS Core courses were adopted in November 2020). Earlier in the week during the Committee of the Full Board, there was a request made to the Board to delay the adoption of these HS courses until the September meeting. STAT carefully weighed information shared about the impact that the disruption of the process would potentially create, resulting in K–8 TEKS being forced to start over, which could split the implementation of HS and K–8 into two different years. Although STAT did not actively contest the delay, the association did express support for the efficacy of the appointed work groups and the process that is being communicated and followed. Additionally, STAT continued to stress the STAT Board-adopted goals, which the association has done consistently throughout the process and has opened doors for work groups to consider a variety of resources in the revision, including the K–12 Framework.

Additionally, the SBOE discussed the Science TEKS for Elementary and Middle School courses and solicited feedback from stakeholders. STAT continued to advocate for extending/adding work groups to ensure that the K–8 TEKS reflect further embedding of the Science and Engineering Practices and that vertical alignment between core courses is addressed. TEA/SBOE has been responsive to this request and has indicated that Work Group F will be convened in July for this purpose. The revised K–8 TEKS will be made available to the public after this round of additional work is completed, likely in August. The K–8 TEKS are scheduled to be on upcoming SBOE agendas as noted: First reading (September); Second Reading/Final Adoption (November).


6.17.21 – SBOE June 2021 Meeting Information Update

The SBOE will meet next week June 22–25. The Science TEKS revision will be on the agenda as the process continues. Below are a few items to note from today's SBOE pre-briefing for next week's SBOE meeting.

  • Testimony will be in person.
  • Individuals may register online by clicking the link below starting at 8 a.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, June 17, 2021 and closes at 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, June 18, 2021
  • Link to witness registration: Public Testimony Registration | Texas Education Agency
  • You may also register by calling (512) 463-9007 during this time frame.
  • Late registration is available on-site up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. 
  • If the Tuesday public hearing (June 22) runs long, the remaining items (Items 3,4,5) will be pushed to Wed. possibly.
  • Item #3: The SBOE is set to approve the second set of science high school courses. 
  • Item #4: The SBOE will have a Discussion Item for elem/middle school science standards.
  • Some of the committee work has taken longer than anticipated, so the drafts will not be ready.
  • Staff says they will likely convene one final workgroup on vertical alignment; they expect elementary/middle school Science TEKS to have first reading in September, then second reading in November. 

Link to the Committee of the Full Board (Tuesday, June 22) which has two Science TEKS items:

June 22, 2021 Committee of the Full Board | Texas Education Agency

Link to the entire SBOE agenda for next week:

June 2021 SBOE Agenda | Texas Education Agency


6.14.21 – SBOE June 2021 Meeting Information

The SBOE is scheduled to meet June 22-25, 2021.  In reviewing an early draft of the agenda for the June meeting, it appears public testimony will be available on Tuesday, June 22 before the Committee of the Full Board, with science topics currently listed as Item 3 (4th Year HS Science courses will be up for second reading and final adoption) & Item 4 (K-8 TEKS for continued discussion and testimony.) For details about the upcoming meeting times and the proposed agenda, see here: https://tea.texas.gov/node/358496 ).

STAT will continue to testify based on our Board-approved goals. For all, registering to testify will likely begin on Friday, June 18 beginning at 8 a.m. The link to register to testify is here: https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/leadership/state-board-of-education/sboe-meetings/public-testimony-registration

The STAT team will attend the TEA briefing this week related to the upcoming SBOE meeting and will be apprised of changes or updates to the agenda or otherwise.

Additionally, since more time has been approved with K-12 science materials being moved to Proclamation 24 ( https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/teks-im-schedule.pdf), SBOE and TEA staff might delay some decisions for science TEKS by a meeting (June to September). The extra time may lend itself to another workgroup meeting specifically to verify vertical alignment.


4.19.2021 – STAT Update related to SBOE April 13-16 Meeting – Continued discussion on TEKS vertical alignment and K-12 Science officially moved to Proclamation 2024

The SBOE Committee of the Full Board met on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Items for discussion and public testimony included High School Science TEKS (Aquatic Science, Astronomy, Earth Science Systems, Environmental Systems, Specialized Topics in Science) and the proposed TEKS for Elementary and Middle School Science.  Jennifer Meyer, STAT President-Elect, testified related to K through 8th grade science TEKS, and encouraged more thorough embedding of the SEPs and continued focus on vertical alignment through the forming of an additional work group.

 Following public testimony there was a lengthy discussion on vertical alignment, specifically if that alignment was present between Middle School and High School Science TEKS, then secondarily between Fifth and Sixth grade Science TEKS. The SBOE/TEA staff considered the idea to allow a work group created specifically for vertical alignment to meet again to verify that alignment.

 The SBOE Committee of the Full Board met on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 and held continued discussion on Elementary and Middle School Science TEKS.  TEA Staff member Shelly Ramos addressed a few items with the SBOE regarding testimony from Tuesday’s Committee of the Full Board on MS Science:

  • Genetics not taken out of MS TEKS;
  • Genetics may not exist as a standalone strand anymore, but the content remains as part of student expectations (SE);
  • Testimony from science educators asked that workgroups include more SEP, however, she said that could be accomplished via TEKS guides;
  • Regarding K-5 workgroups, they were tasked with content building, focused on adding more depth;
  • Regarding 6-8 workgroups, we witnessed significant changes as standards were updated and revised. Feedback remains mixed at this point;
  • Staff recommends (and the SBOE agrees) an additional workgroup to address alignment, with the group to begin in May and finish their work ahead of the June meeting.

 Next Steps:

  • Based on the feedback, a vertical alignment workgroup will continue to meet and may include an additional meeting in early May.
  • STAT will continue to monitor the process for reviewing k-8 science in preparation for the SBOE June meeting.
  • Additionally, as was discussed in January, K-12 Science will formally be moved to be part of Proclamation 2024. An updated timeline is available here:  https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/teks-im-schedule.pdf
  • At the June 22-25, 2021 SBOE meeting, the TEKS for 4th Year HS Science courses will be up for second reading and final adoption. Elementary and Middle School proposed TEKS will be on the agenda for continued discussion and testimony, with a goal to adopt in September.

4.5.2021 – Draft of recommended Science Elementary TEKS available for review and comment

Work Group E met for a series of virtual meetings between January and March 2021 to make recommendations to revise the TEKS for kindergarten through grade 5. TEA is currently collecting feedback on Work Group E Draft Recommendations.

When providing specific comments and recommendations for a work group, please identify the work group in the subject line of the email. For example, in the subject line, please indicate "Science TEKS Review Work Group E Feedback." Please submit comments to TEA at [email protected]

Work Group E draft recommendations are currently available for review and feedback on the Science TEKS Review Work Group Drafts web page.


1.29.2021 - Update from the January SBOE Meeting (Science TEKS Review Process)

The SBOE met January 26-29, 2021. Related to the Science TEKS, the Committee of the Full Board heard public testimony on the drafts from Work Group D and Work Group C. Draft recommendations for Work Groups C and D are currently available for review and feedback on the Science TEKS Review Work Group Drafts web page.

The SBOE review process for the TEKS calls for multiple, separate work groups. Work Group C’s charge was to developed recommendations for revisions to the science TEKS for middle school, grades 6–8. The charge for Work Group D was to develop recommendations to revise four high school courses: Aquatic Science, Astronomy, Earth and Space Science, and Environmental Systems. Additionally, Work Group D has proposed a new high school independent study course, Specialized Topics in Science.

Feedback on work group recommendations will be accepted throughout the review and revision process for the science TEKS. When providing specific comments and recommendations, please identify the work group in the subject line of the email. For example, in the subject line, please indicate "Science TEKS Review Work Group C Feedback." Please submit comments to TEA at [email protected]. These drafts, with any amendments driven by input, will be considered at the April SBOE meeting.

Further, TEA staff recommended moving Science from Proclamation 2023 to Proclamation 2024. The rationale for this is that only high school science TEKS have been adopted and K-8 standards will not be adopted in time to meet publishing deadlines, meaning Science TEKS would need to be split among proclamations (HS in 2023 and K-8 in 2024). Also, the recommendation to move to Proc. 2024 allows publishers to produce all K-12 science materials at the same time, ensuring textbooks reflect the new TEKS as they will be more complete. Proclamation 2024 would also include Technology Applications, which is required in statute along with about 49 CTE courses. The SBOE did not act on this recommendation at this time.

The April SBOE meeting will have both a discussion item by the Board and public testimony on middle school science TEKS. The K-5 work group has been assembled and had an organizational meeting with additional meetings to occur in the coming weeks. The plan is to have MS and K-5 workgroups coordinate so that alignment is ensured. The current plan is to have drafts from K-5 group released before April meeting, so that Board can discuss, and testimony can be taken related to science K-8 TEKS. First reading will be at the June meeting, then final adoption will occur at the September meeting.


11.20.2020 – HS Science TEKS adopted by the State Board of Education

The State Board of Education gave final approval on November 20, 2020, to the Science TEKS for the following four high school courses: Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, and Physics.

The adopted science TEKS are scheduled for implementation beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. A copy of the new TEKS can be found here: Text of 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapter C (PDF, 278KB). Please note that the document reflects what the SBOE approved for second reading and final adoption and is still subject to technical edits by Texas Register editors. Once the new TEKS have been filed with the Texas Register, the TEKS will become effective after 20 days and available in Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 112, Subchapter C, with “Adopted 2020” in the title.


10.15.2020 - Update on the Science TEKS Review Process

The SBOE is scheduled to consider the proposed new TEKS for high school science for second reading and final adoption at its November 2020 meeting. The proposed new TEKS are available for review, and TEA is currently receiving public comment (see below for more information).

At the September 2020 State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the SBOE approved for first reading and filing authorization the first draft proposed new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the following high school science courses: Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) and Physics.

To review the proposed revisions to Biology, Chemistry, IPC and Physics, click here:

Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 112, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Subchapter C, High School; §§112.41, Implementation of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, High School, Adopted 2020§§112.42, Biology (One Credit), Adopted 2020; §§112.43, Chemistry (One Credit), Adopted 2020; §§112.44, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (One Credit), Adopted 2020; and §§112.45, Physics (One Credit), Adopted 2020

The public is invited to comment on the proposed new TEKS for high school science during the official public comment period, which is now open through November 13, 2020. Educators and stakeholders are encouraged to submit public comments as early as possible. Public comments will be shared with SBOE members and their content advisors each week. Specific, actionable feedback submitted early in the 30-day timeframe provides SBOE members with more information and time to consider comments.

When submitting a comment, please be sure to include the course name(s), the number of the knowledge and skill statement and the letter of student expectation, if applicable (for example, Chemistry, 13.C).

Public comments may be provided here: 

Send a Public Comment on Proposed New 19 TAC §§112.41-112.45

Broadly, STAT continues to support the most recent version of the proposed new TEKS for high school science and appreciates the thoughtful approach by the Work Groups, Content Advisors, TEA staff and the SBOE. STAT has consistently recommended throughout the revision process that the Work Groups apply and access current research as outlined in the K-12 Framework, embed Science & Engineering Practices into the TEKS and ensure vertical/horizontal alignment is achieved. These goals are reflected in the proposed TEKS.


9.10.2020 - Update on the Science TEKS Review Process

The final recommendations for revisions to the high school science TEKS (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, IPC) and the K-12 scientific and engineering practices were distributed to the public and science stakeholders in August. These documents are posted on the TEA Science TEKS Review web page.

The State Board of Education is meeting this week (September 8-11), and this set of TEKS is currently being considered on First Reading. On Tuesday, September 8, STAT President Kara Swindell, Lubbock ISD, and President-elect Jennifer Meyer, Leander ISD, provided testimony on behalf of the more than 5,000 STAT members.

STAT testimony was based on our written feedback submitted to the SBOE and to TEA and was in support of the general direction of this recommended TEKS presented by Work Group B. So far, all that STAT has directly advocated for (using current research as outlined in the K-12 Framework, embedding Science & Engineering Practices and vertical/horizontal alignment) is happening, which is great for Texas teachers and students.

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STAT’s goal is to serve as the comprehensive leader in the general process and to be a resource for the SBOE and TEA. We will continue to organize and encourage specific content experts and Affiliate organizations to provide specific feedback in the disciplines being addressed, as appropriate. In this spirit, STAT Affiliates are working in coordination with STAT to review this most recent round of documents and provide feedback, where appropriate. In short, we are all working together to ensure that the power of the science community/voice is expressed where there is overlap. 

Regarding Science TEKS, this is what we can expect this week and beyond:

  • At this September SBOE meeting (September 8-11), only the TEKS for the big four types of science HS courses will be considered on First Reading: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, IPC.
  • At the November SBOE meeting, the same four courses will be considered on Second Reading; and
  • We should expect a second public hearing at the November board meeting on these same four HS courses.
  • Other high school science courses outside of the big four will be considered at the January SBOE meeting.
  • It should be noted that this is all the science planned to be discussed for the remainder of the year. Since there will be several new members added to the Board, they want them to be able to participate in the other levels of science TEKS and courses.  

6.22.2020 - Update on the Science TEKS Review Process

The Science TEKS Review & Revision process was suspended and delayed in March by the impact of COVID-19 on Texas schools, communities and TEA. In recent weeks, Work Group B has been convened, and the process has begun again. Work Group B is focused on high school courses and is currently meeting to create a draft for SBOE review. STAT representatives connected with TEA officials to get an update on the process.

We are pleased to report that STAT goals are continuing to be considered and implemented, as evidenced in the following Q & A with TEA. STAT is grateful for the collaborative nature of this process with stakeholders and Agency staff, guided by the thoughtful leadership from the members of the SBOE.

Read the Full Q&A with TEA

3.5.2020 - Update on the Science TEKS Review Process

The State Board of Education’s Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) review process calls for multiple, separate work groups. Science TEKS Review Work Group A was convened in February 2020. The work group identified key areas and recurring topics from feedback collected related to the TEKS review process, including SBOE guidance to work groups, content advisor consensus recommendations, and the results of the Science TEKS Review Survey. The work group’s recommendations have been posted on the Science TEKS Review Work Group Drafts web page.

Feedback on work group drafts will be accepted throughout the review and revision process for the science TEKS. Comments on drafts will help to inform future work groups' recommendations.

When providing specific comments and recommendations for a work group, please identify the work group in the subject line of the email. For example, in the subject line, please indicate "Science TEKS Review Work Group A Feedback." Please submit comments to TEA at [email protected]


2.7.2020 - STAT is thrilled to report a major success in the Texas science community, which is directly the result of efforts by STAT, the Texas Science Education Leadership Association (TSELA), and the Metroplex Area Science Supervisors (MASS). At the January 31 State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the board provided guidance to TEA staff and the science TEKS review work groups as they began work on recommendations to revise the science TEKS. Staff was instructed to provide the science work groups with A Framework for K-12 Science Education to be used as a resource to inform recommendations for revisions to the science TEKS.  

This is an exciting step in a positive direction. STAT would like to thank the SBOE for their support of great science teaching and learning and their willingness to engage with stakeholders who collectively brought this forward for consideration.

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1.31.2020 - The State Board of Education (SBOE) approved the following resolution that will introduce a STAT supported resource to the Science TEKS Revision process. 

RESOLUTION: That the State Board of Education: Direct the staff to provide the science TEKS work groups with “A Framework for K-12 Science Education” as a resource to inform recommendations for the revision of the science TEKS. 

One goal identified by STAT, as well as science organizations including TSELA and MASS, is that current research is available to guide the TEKS revision.  All agree that this can best be accomplished by accessing A Framework for K-12 Science Education as a resource in the process. This is an exciting step in a positive direction and STAT would like to thank the SBOE for the willingness to engage with stakeholders and support great science teaching and learning.


1.28.2020 - Science TEKS Review Content Advisor Recommendations 

As part of the State Board of Education’s (SBOE) review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), board members appoint content advisors to provide feedback throughout the process. A list of the SBOE-appointed science TEKS review content advisors can be found on the Science TEKS Review Content Advisors web page.

Content advisors are asked to review the current TEKS and make recommendations for changes. After completing their initial reviews, the content advisors met for a face-to-face meeting in January 2020 to develop consensus recommendations. Consensus recommendations are a shared statement that identify specific issues or objectives that content advisors agree should be addressed during the review and revision of the TEKS. 

The content advisor initial and consensus recommendations are posted on the Science TEKS Review Content Advisor Review web page.


1.28.2020 - Science TEKS Review Work Group Application

The SBOE’s TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups to make recommendations to the SBOE for revisions to the current standards. SBOE members nominate individuals, including educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers, to serve on TEKS review work groups.

The SBOE is still accepting applications for science TEKS review work groups. Applications received will be submitted to SBOE members for review throughout the process. Individuals selected will be asked to serve on one or more work groups. The TEKS review work groups will convene in Austin for a minimum of one face-to-face meeting. Additional meetings may be conducted via webinar.

To access the application and for more information regarding the science TEKS review, please visit the Science TEKS Review webpage at https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-texas-essential-knowledge-and-skills-teks-review/science-teks-review

Questions regarding the application or TEKS review process may be sent via email to [email protected].


1.3.20 - Science TEKS Review Survey - As part of the SBOE's review process, TEA is surveying educators regarding their opinions about the current Science TEKS. The results of the survey will inform the recommendations of the science TEKS review work groups. To provide feedback, please submit the Science TEKS Review Survey available here.


12.16.19 - As required by your Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills review process, Texas Higher Education Commissioner Harrison Keller has appointed two science content advisors to help with your update of the science standards. He has appointed Dr. Janice A. Fischer and Dr. Catherine H. Howard. Dr. Fischer is a professor of molecular biosciences and director of the biology instructional office at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Howard is dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and distance learning, as well as a professor of chemistry and biology, at Texarkana College. These appointees will work with your science content advisors.


12.16.19 - As of December 4, more than 80 people have already applied to serve on the science work groups. As a reminder, the SBOE is also still accepting applications for health education, physical education, and English Language Proficiency Standards. Refer to anyone who is interested in serving on the work groups to this application.