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.

STAAR Information
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness will replace the TAKS test.

TEKS 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.

TAKS Information
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With Senate Bill 1031 in spring 2007, Texas legislators repealed TAKS in favor of End of Course exams in high school; however, this change will happen gradually.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
A bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott this past month will require the state’s colleges and universities to give credit for scores of three or higher on many AP tests, which are graded on a five-point scale. This new policy ensures that students will receive the college credits that they earned as a result of their hard work in AP.   Consequently, in the past thousands of students were unable to claim their earned credits due to the lack of a uniform policy among higher education institutions.

Many of the Universities are still working out the details, but the new rule has the potential to impact all High School students across Northside.  In fact, during the past school year, students in our district took over 11,000 AP Exams, with over 5,000 of them receiving a score of 3 or higher. With AP participation and performance on the rise in our district and across the state, HB 1992 will help more students make a successful transition to college and career.  The law will affect students entering college as freshmen in fall 2016.

Online Resources

Northside Educational Improvement Council
The NEIC is the district decision-making committee established to involve professional staff, parents, and community members in establishing and reviewing the district's and campuses' educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs.  

Planning for graduation
Course sequences, sample plans, and answers to common questions about requirements for graduation.


Janis Jordan

Janis Jordan
Deputy Supt. for Curriculum & Instruction

email | (210) 397-8635

Patricia Sanchez
Executive Director of Elementary Instruction

email | (210) 397-8644

Deonna Dean
Executive Director of Middle Schools

email | (210) 397-7839

Anthony Jarrett
Executive Director of High School Instruction


Dr. Brenda Ward

Dr. Brenda Ward
Executive Director of Assessment, Accountability, and Continuous Improvement

email | (210) 397-8833

Diana Ely

Diana Ely
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

email | (210) 397-7900