Fort Sam Houston ISD

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Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the Division of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Fort Sam Houston ISD offers a broad selection of academic courses and electives. In addition to the core academic coursework, students can also grow in foreign languages, the arts, technology and in other subjects. A comprehensive special education program is available for students who need additional assistance, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are in place to help students for whom English is not their primary language, and Gifted and Talented (GT) opportunities exist for students who need differentiated experiences.
TEKS Information
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), comprise the state-mandated curriculum guidelines that establish what every student, from elementary school through high school, should know and be able to do.  They were developed to comply with §28.002(c) and (d) of the Texas Education Code. More specific information is available on the Texas Education Agency website at
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
Currently, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) are administered at grades 3-8, with students assessed in reading and mathematics in 3-8, writing at grades 4 and 7, science at grades 5 and 8, and social studies at grade 8.  End of Course assessments were administered in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History.
Texas English language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)
TELPAS fulfills federal requirements for assessing the English language proficiency of English Language Learner's in kindergarten through grade 12.  TELPAS assesses second language development in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Multiple-choice assessments are used to assess reading in grades 2 - 12.  For the other grades and domains, holistically rated assessments based on ongoing classroom observations and written student work are used.