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OLS Course Standards
- The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each subject of the required curriculum. SBOE members nominate educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to serve on TEKS review committees. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Review by Subject area web page provides information regarding the SBOE’s process and current and previous reviews. Click here to view the Texas Education Agency (TEA) TEKS resources.
- The Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) provides TEKS alignment documents for current and potential providers to complete an internal review of courses prior to submitting the courses for review by the TXVSN. It is the expectation that all TEKS are available in online courses offered through the TXVSN statewide catalog or online school (OLS) program. Click here to see the TXVSN TEKS alignment documents.
- TXVSN online course materials and activities must be designed to provide appropriate access to all students. Courses developed with universal design principles in mind, conform to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology, as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines. To assist current and potential providers in completing an internal review of courses, the TXVSN Accessibility Guidelines were developed. It is the expectation that courses offered through the TXVSN statewide catalog or online school (OLS) program meet these guidelines. Click here to view the TXVSN Accessibility Guidelines.
- The National Standards for Quality Online Courses were designed to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for online course content, instructional design, technology, student assessment, and course management. In version 2 of the standards, reviewer considerations have been added for each indicator. Additionally, a TXVSN rubric is included to assist in the review of online courses based on this new version. It is the expectation that courses offered through the TXVSN statewide catalog or online school (OLS) program meet these standards. Click here to view the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2).