Content Standards


In this section, you will find information and resources especially geared toward curriculum & instruction in Texas Adult Education and Literacy.

What are Content Standards?
Content Standards define what is important for learners to know and be able to do within a specific content area. Their purpose is to provide a general but clear outline of content and skill so that programs can develop and align curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Description: Texas AEL Content Standards - Released in December 2016, the Texas AEL Content Standards is a revision of the Texas Adult Education Standards and Benchmarks.  The new standards are organized into three content areas - English Language Arts and Literacy, Mathematics and English as a Second Language.   Each content area describes skills and knowledge that adult learners need in order to participate in academic coursework or employment.

Other State and National Resources for standards-based instruction in Texas adult education and literacy

  • Texas College and Career Readiness Standards - Adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2011, these standards in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies specify what students must know and be able to do to succeed in entry-level courses at postsecondary educational institutions in Texas.
  • College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education - Developed for the U.S. Department of Education in 2013, this report offers a set of college and career readiness standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, which reflect the content most relevant to preparing adult students for success in colleges, technical training programs, work and citizenship.

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