Welcome to the Division of Curriculum & Instruction. Northside offers a broad selection of academic courses and electives. In addition to the core academic coursework,electives allow students to grow in foreign languages, the arts, and in other subjects. A comprehensive special education program is available for students who need additional assistance, and ESL (English as a Second Language) and bilingual programs are in place to help students for whom English is not the primary language.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness will replace the TAKS test. Click here for more information.
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), comprise the state-mandated curriculum guidelines that establish what every student, from elementary school through high school, should know and be able to do. They were developed to comply with §28.002(c) and (d) of the Texas Education Code.
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) is a standardized test used to assess students' attainment of skills in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) TAKS has been developed to better reflect good instructional practice and more accurately measure student learning. Texas high school seniors cannot graduate unless they pass exit-level TAKS tests in English language arts, social studies, math, and science.
End of Course Exams
With Senate Bill 1031 in spring 2007, Texas legislators repealed TAKS in favor of End of Course exams in high school; however, this change will happen gradually. Students who enter ninth grade in the 2011-2012 school year will have to take end-of-course exams in core subjects. Students who entered ninth grade before 2011 will still have to pass the exit-level TAKS to graduate.
Advanced Placement Participation
DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Northside Educational Improvement Council
NISD's STAAR information
Planning for graduation