ATPE supports comprehensive instruction in all grade levels that prepares Texas students for success throughout their public school years as well as in post-secondary and career opportunities. ATPE recommends that school districts/the state:
a. Ensure that state curriculum standards are developmentally appropriate for all grade levels and content areas.
b. Allow teachers and administrators to determine the appropriate content and/or methodology of curriculum and education programs, including e-learning programs.
c. Require one year of mandatory attendance in an accredited kindergarten program in order for students to be eligible to enter first grade.
d. Require that children entering kindergarten be five years old on or before July 1.
e. Expand and fund career and technology programs.
f. Provide all students with adequately trained personnel and the most appropriate placement to meet their needs.
g. Recommend that any changes to graduation requirements be made with full consideration of the need for a well-rounded curriculum and student choice.
h. Ensure that the State Board of Education incorporates educator input whenever the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or graduation requirements are revised.
i. Make curriculum for all alternative education programs commensurate with K–12 public education requirements.
j. Provide current instructional materials in sufficient quantities to teachers and students.
k. Ensure that teachers have access to training in the use of new instructional materials.
l. Ensure that state curriculum standards support the social, emotional, personal, and academic growth of students.