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What Is Proclamation 2024?

November 30th, 2023 | 8 min. read

Brad Hummel

Brad Hummel

Coming from a family of educators, Brad knows both the joys and challenges of teaching well. Through his own teaching background, he’s experienced both firsthand. As a writer for iCEV, Brad’s goal is to help teachers empower their students by listening to educators’ concerns and creating content that answers their most pressing questions about career and technical education.

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As an educator in Texas, you may have heard about the Proclamation 2024 instructional materials adoption. In states like Texas, instructional materials adoptions are instrumental for schools as they seek to purchase approved resources for the current and future academic years.

But what exactly is Proclamation 2024? And how is it different from previous adoption cycles put forth by the Texas Education Agency (TEA)?

In this article, you’ll discover everything you need to know about Proclamation 2024 in Texas. Specifically, we’ll look at:

  • What Is an Instructional Materials Adoption?
  • What Is Proclamation 2024?
  • How Is Proclamation 2024 Different from Previous Adoptions?
  • Which CTE Subjects Are Part of Proclamation 2024?
  • How Can My Program Be Ready for Proclamation 2024?

At the end of this article, you’ll know more about Proclamation 2024 so you can be ready to choose the best educational resources for your program.

What Is an Instructional Materials Adoption?

In states like Texas, an instructional materials adoption (sometimes called a textbook adoption) is an opportunity for textbook publishers, digital curriculum providers, and other educational resource creators to submit curricula for approval at the state level.

Adoption cycles consider a variety of curriculum solutions available to schools, including digital resources. These curriculum materials are designed to satisfy specific state instructional standards, such as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Approved resources can then be adopted by school districts to use in the classroom for individual courses.

The instructional materials adoption process helps ensure that each resource satisfies state standards and is designed to make it easier for individual programs to locate and select approved resources that will adequately prepare students for success in a variety of different courses.

Adoptions take place periodically on a cyclical basis to ensure teachers and students have access to updated materials that fulfill the current version of the state academic standards.

What Is Proclamation 2024?

Proclamation 2024 is the current instructional materials adoption for the state of Texas.

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) issued the proclamation in April 2022 in an effort to provide its schools and educational programs with updated instructional materials for the 2024-2025 academic year. Proclamation 2024 included updated TEKS requirements for a variety of courses that programs will be expected to meet beginning in the fall of 2024.

As part of this adoption cycle, curriculum providers were invited to submit academic resources to the SBOE for review. These materials are intended to satisfy TEKS requirements for one or more specific courses. Each resource is examined by state reviewers to ensure that it meets the adequacy standards for these classes.

Educators can read the complete Proclamation 2024 text on the Texas Education Agency’s website.

How Is Proclamation 2024 Different from Previous Adoptions?

Compared with previous resource adoptions, Proclamation 2024 is quite different.

In past years, the Texas SBOE has issued a proclamation covering every course in career and technical education (CTE). This meant that educators could select new materials for classes in all 16 CTE pathways at the same time.

However, Proclamation 2024 only covers five CTE subject areas:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) 
  • Health Science
  • Law and Public Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Technology Applications

The limited number of CTE subjects involved in Proclamation 2024 means this adoption cycle will only affect certain Texas teachers and programs. However, if your program includes instruction in any of the five pathways, it’s essential that you’re prepared to adopt new instructional materials so you can continue to satisfy your TEKS requirements.

Which CTE Subjects Are Part of Proclamation 2024?

While Proclamation 2024 includes other subjects, only five career and technical education pathways are affected.

However, within these subject areas, CTE curriculum publishers were invited to submit materials for nearly three dozen distinct courses. In this section, you’ll find the specific courses for which CTE programs can adopt new materials as part of Proclamation 2024.

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) pathway prepares students for a variety of professions, from education and training to hospitality and tourism. Since the careers students can pursue in FCS are wide and diverse, each course requires its own curriculum to satisfy TEKS requirements.

For Proclamation 2024, programs can adopt materials for seven courses:

By choosing the right materials for these classes, programs can ensure students are prepared for work throughout the FCS pathway, from early childhood education to careers in food science.

Health Science

Health Science is among the largest CTE pathways. Students who successfully complete CTE programs and earn certifications in health science go on to work in a variety of medical professions.

Proclamation 2024 includes resource adoptions for ten health science courses:

Adopting new resources in the health science pathway helps ensure that every learner has the updated information and materials essential in today’s healthcare environment.

Law and Public Service

Similar to the Hospitality and Tourism pathway, Law and Public service covers a variety of interrelated careers. However, only some of these professions are affected by Proclamation 2024.

There is also only one Law and Public Service course that is included in this year’s instructional materials adoption: Forensic Science.

Forensic Science is an important part of an investigation and the law enforcement process. Teachers need to ensure they have updated materials to keep up with industry best practices and satisfy TEKS requirements.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

The fourth CTE pathway affected by Proclamation 2024 is STEM. Since this pathway includes a wide variety of professions, there are many courses in the pathway that follow new or recently adopted TEKS standards.

In total, Proclamation 2024 calls for the adoption of new resources in 13 STEM courses:

It’s important to note that some of these courses follow TEKS adopted in June 2022. However, curriculum providers were invited to submit resources for every course as part of the Proclamation 2024 adoption cycle.

Technology Applications

Finally, Proclamation 2024 includes updates to middle school Technology Applications courses. These courses introduce students to the fundamentals of computer technology and core competencies in areas like digital literacy and media.

Proclamation 2024 includes adopting resources for Technology Applications courses at the middle school level, including:
  • 6th Grade Technology Applications
  • 7th Grade Technology Applications
  • 8th Grade Technology Applications
Choosing a cohesive Technology Applications curriculum can make the difference in meeting TEKS requirements and ensuring students are prepared for later success.

How Can My Program Be Ready for Proclamation 2024?

If you’re an educator in a Texas CTE program, it’s critical to be sure you’re ready for Proclamation 2024. This is especially important if you teach a course in any of the affected pathways, since you’ll be expected to have materials that follow the latest version of your TEKS requirements.

To be prepared for Proclamation 2024, there are a few steps you should take. If one or more courses in your program are on the adoption list, take a moment to review your TEKS requirements. Note any changes that you’ll need to ensure your materials cover.

Next, explore the curriculum options available to you. You can do this by visiting the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. CTE publishers are required to offer a sample of each curriculum offering under consideration for Proclamation 2024. You can review these samples to help decide if one or more offerings are right for you.

Finally, choose resources that will help give your students a comprehensive, cohesive education. You’ll want materials that not only meet TEKS requirements but also ensure that your students have a seamless learning experience. One way you can do this is by adopting a comprehensive curriculum system, like iCEV.

Be Prepared for Proclamation 2024 with iCEV

New textbook adoptions can sometimes catch teachers by surprise. If you’re a Texas CTE director or educator, the Proclamation 2024 instructional materials adoption means a change in standards and the classroom resources you will use.

But adopting new resources doesn’t have to be a challenge. You can choose to meet your standards with the comprehensive curriculum system from iCEV. With iCEV, you can meet requirements for courses in 11 different CTE pathways, including many courses affected by Proclamation 2024.

You’ll receive access to an updated curriculum that meets Proclamation 2024 requirements, complete with pre-made lesson plans, interactive projects and activities, and automatically graded assessments.

To learn more about how you can use iCEV to be ready for Proclamation 2024, sign up for a free trial. You’ll have complete access to the iCEV curriculum so you can decide if it’s the right fit for your program.

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