Austin ISD trustees adopted new health and physical education materials for the 2022-23 school year— which will cost over $1 million, according to district estimates—at an April 28 board meeting. The materials approved are in line with recently revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards, which determine what content Texas students will learn in specific courses and grades, according to the Texas Education Agency’s website.

The 2022-23 school year will mark the first time in 24 years that new TEKS standards will be implemented. The newly adopted curriculum will be used by AISD for the next eight years.

The district’s selection process for new educational materials began in fall 2021 and involved district teachers, administrators, parents and School Health Advisory Council members, according to the April 28 meeting agenda.

Earlier this month, AISD sent a survey to district families seeking feedback on its proposed new human sexuality curriculum, which will align with the revised TEKS health and physical education standards.

QuaverEd Health Online digital curriculum was adopted for AISD students in grades K-5. Students in grades 7 and 8 will use Texas Health Skills for Middle Schools-Online Learning Suite and Goodheart-Willcox online health textbooks. The district's Health I classes will use Texas Health Skills for High schools-Online Learning Suite and Goodheart-Willcox materials.