The Houston Independent School District is participating in the prekindergarten instructional materials adoption process TEA’s Proclamation 2021, evaluating which of the state-adopted materials best supports HISD students.
As part of that evaluation, the district invites school and community members to review the state-adopted materials for English and Spanish prekindergarten systems and provide feedback. Materials selected and approved next spring by HISD Board of Trustees are then eligible for district purchase and distribution to Pre-K classrooms.
Ten publishers have submitted materials for HISD’s consideration. Instructions on accessing online samples of these materials can be viewed online here.
School and community members may submit feedback on the various materials by accessing a district survey here. The survey will be open through the end of December 2020.
The district reviews proposed materials for alignment to standards, quality, accuracy, balance, support for all student groups, and fit with district programs and requirements. A group of highly effective early childhood teachers nominated by their principals is currently evaluating each publisher’s program according to a standard rubric.
Their reviews along with the input from campuses, parents and community members, and district departments will inform the final recommendations to be presented to the Board of Trustees for their consideration.
The Texas Education Agency maintains a full set of resources regarding the new Pre-K adoption on its Proclamation 2021 web page.