MacroHistory : World History. AP World History Wiki. TEA Lighthouse Initiative. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the Advanced Placement Program* Welcome to the revised Lighthouse Initiative for Social Studies.
The purpose of this Web site is to help Texas social studies teachers better understand how to approach curriculum, instruction, and assessment to assist their students in moving on to success in Advanced Placement Program* (AP*) courses and other advanced academic programs. Social studies teachers in grades 6 through 10—whether or not their courses are labeled "Pre-AP*"—face two enormous tasks: (1) teaching the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to prepare their students for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS); and (2) cultivating the rigor and skills to put AP and other advanced programs within their students' reach.