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Continuum of Learning Experiences Frameworks (COLEF)

The kindergarten through high school Continuum of Learning Experiences Framework charts can be used to guide students through the research process to ensure depth and complexity of learning. Each framework chart provides grade level and beyond grade level English Language Arts and Reading TEKS for developing a research plan, conducting authentic research, and sharing findings. In addition, the foundation curriculum TEKS for mathematics, science, and social studies are included to provide guidance for utilizing and implementing discipline-appropriate inquiry methods. Each chart also references the six scoring dimensions from the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). The framework charts are a resource for assisting teachers in developing a continuum of learning experiences that leads to the development of advanced-level products and/or performances resulting from in-depth research.

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Interactive COLEF

Additionally, an interactive version of the COLEF charts have been developed for the High School/Exit Level.

COLEF Charts

COLEF Kindergarten

9 pages, 435 KB

COLEF Grade 1
Grade 1

9 pages, 445 KB

COLEF Grade 2
Grade 2

10 pages, 448 KB

COLEF Grade 3
Grade 3

11 pages, 454 KB

COLEF Grade 4
Grade 4

12 pages, 452 KB

COLEF Grade 5
Grade 5

110 pages, 448 KB

COLEF Grade 6
Grade 6

12 pages, 453 KB

COLEF Grade 7
Grade 7

13 pages, 460 KB

COLEF Grade 8
Grade 8

13 pages, 461 KB

COLEF High School level
High School
(Grades 9-12)

57 pages, 1.03 MB


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