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Grand Saline ISD Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

"Changing the World One Student At a Time"

The Curriculum Instruction & Assessment department is responsible for meeting curriculum standards, offering continuing staff development, and working with parents, students, and teachers to improve the quality of education in the Grand Saline Independent School District.

The State Board of Education has adopted curriculum standards called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that describe what students should know and be able to do, in each grade or subject area. 

The goal of the department is to support the district mission:  "The Grand Saline Independent School District, in partnership with parents, community members and businesses, provides a safe, caring, and motivational learning environment enabling all students to reach their educational, social, and emotional potential. These factors empower graduates to become lifelong learners, which in turn allows them to be globally competitive, successful, productive, patriotic members of an ever-changing society." 


Types of Instruction

On-Campus Instruction -  Student's will receive instruction in the classroom face-to   face with the teacher and other students. Students who are on campus receiving instruction are considered enrolled when they are physically present for the first time during the official attendance period.

Remote Synchronous Instruction (Need Admin Approval)- Two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. Synchronous instruction is provided through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The teacher will identify the student as remote synchronous present or absent. The student must be in attendance at the official attendance time online remotely to be counted present.


Remote Asynchronous Instruction (Need Admin Approval) - Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and preĀ­ assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. To be counted as remote asynchronous present, the student does not have to be present at a designated official attendance time but must be engaged in one of the following ways during that day: Shown daily progress or completed/turned in assignments to the teacher(potentially via email, on-line, or mail).

State Graduation Requirements

Students follow the high school graduation plan that was in place when they began ninth grade. The four graduation plans currently in use require students to earn 22 to 26 course credits.   

The state's newest graduation plan, created by House Bill 5 passed during the 2013 Texas legislative session, is called the Foundation High School Program. Students entering ninth grade beginning with the 2014-2015 school year are automatically enrolled in this graduation program.

Students must pass five end-of-course assessments to meet the testing requirements for graduation. Those tests cover Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and U.S. History. 


Senate Bill 149: Individual Graduation Committees

Senate Bill 149 has revised the state’s assessment graduation requirements for students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, or 2016-2017 school years. A student who has failed the EOC assessment graduation requirements for no more than two courses may receive a Texas high school diploma if the student has qualified to graduate by means of an individual graduation committee (IGC) determination.

TEKS Resource System -
TEKS Resource System, developed by Texas Education Service Centers and a team of content experts, is a comprehensive, customized, user-friendly curriculum management system built on the most current research-based practices in the field. Its primary focus is to impact instructional practices in the classroom to improve student performance.

Texas College and Career Readiness

The Texas College and Career Readiness Support Center is a collection of resources and tools available to all stakeholders committed to building a strong college and career readiness culture in Texas schools. Housed at Education Service Center Region 13, the center’s two main projects, the Texas College and Career Readiness Profile Planning Guide and the Texas Online College and Career Readiness Resource Center, were created to support all educators as they continue to assist students for successful post-secondary options. The center’s website hosts these major state-funded initiatives for easy access and reference.

State Assessment/STAAR

Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program at grades 3–8 began assessing the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments arel being replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history.

The resources on this website provide information and sample test questions to familiarize Texas educators and the public with the design and format of the STAAR assessments. The information is intended to help educators understand how the new STAAR program measures the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum standards. These resources are intended to support, not narrow or replace, the teaching of the TEKS curriculum. 

TEA Student Assessment             

State  Assessment Calendars

For more information contact: Kim Brewington, District Testing Coordinator


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