TEKS Resource System is the online curriculum management system adopted by Mount Vernon ISD to manage the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Kindergarten through grade 12 in the areas of mathematics, English language arts and reading, science, and social studies. This management system is supervised by the Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative (TCMPC) between 20 Educational Service Centers in Texas. Other non-core subjects such as Fine Arts, Career and Technical Education, and Languages other than English also align with the TEKS and utilize instructional resources available in their specific content fields.
Mount Vernon ISD believes that a strong vertical alignment plan and focused curricular units of study are crucial to the educational development of our students. Teachers focus on the specificity of the TEKS within the units of study and create instructional plans that support the learning objectives.
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) began in the 2011-2012 school year and replaced TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills). STAAR is administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and to students taking high school level courses in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History. The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.
The STAAR is available in a variety of formats to serve students who are in the general education program, the special education program, or who are English language learners.
Students will receive annual assessments for:
reading language arts and mathematics, grades 3-8
science at grades 5 and 8
social studies at grade 8
end-of-course (EOC) assessments for Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History
Mount Vernon ISD provides a gifted and talented program for those students who perform at, or shows the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area, possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or excels in a specific academic field. Below is a link to the MVISD Program Guide, along with other information regarding gifted and talented guidelines.
Gifted and Talented Program Guide (Eng)
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides opportunities for Mount Vernon students to learn the academic, technical, and training skills necessary to succeed in future careers. CTE prepares students for the world of work by hands-on context, workplace proficiency, and rigorous program standards.
Texas Workforce Commission
TEA Career and Technical Education
New CTE Programs of Study
Approved Industry Based Certifications
Mount Vernon ISD students whose home language is a language other than English are assessed for English language proficiency. If a student demonstrates limited English proficiency on a state approved assessment, the student will be eligible for enrollment in the appropriate language program: bilingual education or English as a Second Language (ESL).
The goal of the Bilingual/ESL program is to enable English language learners to become competent in the reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in grade level content areas.
TAC Chapter 89