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Continuum of Learning Experiences Framework (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.

COLEF Depth & Complexity

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Kindergarten COLEF

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Grade 1 COLEF

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Grade 2 COLEF

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Grade 3 COLEF

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Grade 4 COLEF

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Grade 5 COLEF

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Grade 6 COLEF

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Grade 7 COLEF

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Grade 8 COLEF

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High School COLEF

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