Math Sessions

Monday, December 18, 2017

TEA UPDATE ON AP/IB EXAMS

The exam fee subsidies for May 2018 AP/IB exams will be $24 per AP/IB exam taken by eligible students.
Historically, there has been a state subsidy of $30 per AP/IB exam taken by eligible students, plus a federal subsidy ($16 per eligible AP exam, $65 per eligible AP Capstone Exam, $65 per eligible IB exam). The federal subsidy was eliminated with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Therefore, LEAs should plan on receiving only a state subsidy in the amount of $24 per exam taken by eligible students.
For more information, please read the To the Administrator Addressed letter: Texas Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program - State Exam Fee Subsidies for the 2017-2018 School Year

For questions regarding AP/IB announcements, please contact Lauren Dwiggins at  AP-IB@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-8864.

Friday, December 15, 2017

TEA CLARIFICATION ON SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR TESTING

Further clarification on supplemental aides per TEA has been released.

For a student not receiving special education or Section 504 services, the decision is made
by the appropriate team of people at the campus level (e.g., RTI team, student assistance
team) based on the eligibility criterion and is documented according to district policies.

Please check 2018 Accessibility Features for ALL students.
https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/Student_Assessment_Overview/Accommodation_Resources/2018_Accessibility/

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SAT SCHOOL DAY SPRING 2018

Below are two terrific links that will give you more details on SAT School Day Spring 2018.

Contact Fred Hordge Associate Director State and District Partnerships for more information at fhordge@collegeboard.org. 


Click the link below for detailed information (students with disabilities, test ordering, timeline for test day and more)

See SAT School Day video:





Monday, December 11, 2017

SUPPLEMENTAL AIDS FOR ALL STUDENTS

TEA has released examples and clarification on supplemental aids for the 2018 testing cycle. Student eligibility criterion:
A student may use this designated support if:
he or she routinely, independently, and effectively uses it during classroom instruction and classroom testing.
Below are the links for the documentation.
2018 Supplemental Aids for STAAR: What is Allowed and What's Not?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YSucTREo7cuiKqNIeVUA1eGt4iYBlHHT/view?usp=sharing

2018 Mathematics Manipulatives
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ywiZwYk2zLgUamdPzCqOGiXeHlPNhayS/view?usp=sharing

2018 Supplemental Aids
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jv6xbuLgacdTtLYghK5w8NXWag_BIScO/view?usp=sharing

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FINAL 2017 Academic Accountability Ratings Released


AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2017 state academic accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters and more than 8,600 campuses. The final ratings include the results of an appeals process that provides districts and charters an opportunity to contest preliminary ratings.
Preliminary state accountability ratings were announced by TEA in August. The Texas Education Code requires the commissioner of education to provide a process for districts and charters to challenge their accountability ratings. School district appeals are first carefully reviewed by an independent appeals panel before being sent to the commissioner for a final decision.
The Texas Education Agency received 66 school district and campus-level appeals in 2017, compared to 104 in 2016, 72 in 2015, and 90 in 2014. 
Two of 14 district appeals were granted by the commissioner. The final district ratings for Grandfalls-Royalty ISD and Ranger ISD were changed from Improvement Required to Met Standard
Under the final 2017 ratings, more than 90 percent of school districts and charters across Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard. Districts, campuses, and charters receive one of three ratings under the state’s accountability system: Met Standard,Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required
https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2017/Final_2017_academic_accountability_ratings_released/

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Preliminary 2016-2017 Texas Academic Performance Reports are Available

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the preliminary 2016–17 Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) are now available on the Texas Education Agency website. A tremendous resource for parents, the TAPR provides a wide range of performance information for every public school and district in the state. The campus-level, district-level, regional, and statewide reports combine details of academic performance with information about staff, programs, and demographics.
To review the preliminary 2016–17 Texas Academic Performance Reports, visit the Texas Education Agency website at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/2017/index.html.

The final TAPR – with final ratings following the resolution of district appeals of preliminary academic accountability ratings – is scheduled for release on Nov. 16, 2017. 
https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2017/Preliminary_2016%E2%80%9317_Texas_Academic_Performance_Reports_available/

Monday, September 25, 2017

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN COMPUTER SCIENCE!

WeTeach_CS Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers

The WeTeach_CS Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers online fall session is now open. This self-paced course is designed to prepare teachers to take the TExES 141 or 241 Grades 8-12 Computer Science certification exam. Course materials provide extensive detailed instruction, examples, and practice on everything from introductory programming topics such as variables, functions, loops, and logical expressions to more advanced topics such as data structures, recursion, and object oriented programming. Basic enrollment is free. Participants who would like to receive 40 CPE credit hours from The University of Texas at Austin upon completing the course can upgrade their enrollment. Upgraded participants will also have access to weekly quizzes and the comprehensive final, which mimics the actual 100 question CS certification exam. 

Additional information and registration forms for upcoming sessions are located at