Math Sessions

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ESTAR/MSTAR Algebra Ready Universal Screeners

Elementary School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) and Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments

As the new school year approaches, please note the availability of ESTAR (grades 2–4) and MSTAR (grades 5–8) Universal Screeners (US) and Diagnostic Assessments (DA) and plan to use these valuable tools to support math planning and instruction.

Over the summer, the ESTAR/MSTAR system underwent a number of enhancements designed to improve user experience.

District admins can now
  • add new schools;
  • modify existing campuses and classrooms;
  • add new classrooms;
  • modify existing admin, teacher, and student accounts; and
  • temporarily reset student, teacher, and campus admin passwords.
Campus admins can now
  • add new classrooms;
  • modify existing class rosters;
  • modify existing teacher, and student accounts; and
  • temporarily reset student and teacher passwords.
While the fall administration window for the ESTAR/MSTAR US opened August 21st, it is recommended that campuses wait until rosters are set before administering the fall US. Campuses administering the US prior to September 1, 2017, will be considered part of a soft launch and may be asked to provide feedback regarding the enhancements. If your district wishes to complete screening prior to September 1, please contact the Texas Math Support Center helpdesk at mathTX@esc13.net.


The ESTAR/MSTAR system can be accessed through the Texas Gateway at https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/estarmstar or directly at www.estarmstar.org (note the new URL). Users will be able to access resources such as a user’s manual, upload templates, FAQ documents, etc. For questions and assistance, contact the helpdesk at mathTX@esc13.net

Monday, August 7, 2017

TEACHER TO TEACHER VIDEOS, RESOURCES & ESTAR/MSTAR Information


Teacher2Teacher Videos
Seventeen Teacher2Teacher videos are now available on the Texas Gateway. The topics range in grades from kindergarten to Algebra I and include fraction division, integer operations, addition and subtraction of a variety of numbers, percent increase/decrease (growth and decay), solving equations, and multiple representations of equations. These videos demonstrate a transition from various strategies to the standard algorithm and include vertical alignment discussions. You can access the videos at https://www.texasgateway.org/node/227936.

OpenStax Open-Source Instructional Materials
OpenStax (Rice University) open-source instructional materials are available at http://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Instructional_Materials/Open-Source_Instructional_Materials/. The products are organized into units and chapters and can be used like traditional textbooks as the entire syllabus for a course.
OpenStax open-source instructional materials will be fully available in September. For assistance in locating sample materials, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or instructionalmaterials@tea.texas.gov.

Study Edge Open-Source Instructional Materials
Study Edge open-source instructional materials are available on the Texas Gateway. Materials are available for Precalculus and Statistics as well as Chemistry and Physics. The products created by Study Edge are delivered in short videos with master teachers presenting the material. The videos can be used to teach an entire course or as supplemental material to help students be more successful in these challenging courses.
For more information about Study Edge open-source materials available through TEA, visit https://www.texasgateway.org/node/227231. For additional assistance, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or instructionalmaterials@tea.texas.gov.

Grade 6 OnTRACK Lessons
Two OnTRACK lessons for grade 6 have been added to the Texas Gateway. Each is filled with instruction and interactives designed to assist students is sixth grade mathematics. Additional lessons are in development.
Applying the Order of Operations: https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/applying-order-operations
Generating Equivalent Forms of Rational Numbers: https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/generating-equivalent-forms-rational-numbers

ESTAR/MSTAR Assessment Windows for 2017–2018 School Year
The purpose of the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners is to determine if a student is at-risk for algebra readiness. The content in these screeners does not cover all the TEKS for the grade levels. The results should be used to guide instruction for whole class and interventions where appropriate. The Diagnostic Assessments can then be used to find specific areas of needs for the students who are identified as “at-risk” for algebra readiness by the Universal Screener. These tools can be accessed on the Texas Gateway at http://www.texasgateway.org/.

The ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners, Diagnostic Assessments, and professional development courses are available at no cost to all Texas public school districts. For account creation assistance, contact mathTX@esc13.net.

Universal Screener         
Fall                August 21, 2017 – October 13, 2017
Winter           January 8, 2018 – February 9, 2018
Spring           April 23, 2018 – May 18, 2018

Diagnostic Assessments      
Fall                August 28, 2017 – October 20, 2017
Winter           January 15, 2018 – February 16, 2018
Spring           April 30, 2018 – May 25, 2018

ESTAR/MSTAR Professional Development

Teachers are encouraged to complete the appropriate online professional development courses when using the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments. The following online courses are available on the Texas Math Support Center (http://texasmathsupportcenter.org/):



MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

In the 2017 competition, a team of four students from Euless, Missouri City and Austin took first prize including the top two individual scores. Congratulations to the whole team, their coach, parents/guardians, and teachers. For more information, please visit https://www.mathcounts.org/national-competition.

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HIGH SCHOOL MATH COURSE SEQUENCE

High School Mathematics Course Sequence
The required course sequence in Texas Education Code §28.025(b-2) for advanced English and mathematics courses was eliminated by Senate Bill 826. The change applies beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. This change does not impact the prerequisites listed for high school mathematics courses. Prerequisites listed for courses are part of the TEKS, which are located in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

Please note that there is a distinction between prerequisites and course sequencing requirements. A sequencing requirement is a requirement that a student cannot enroll in a course until the student has successfully completed the previous course(s). Prerequisites identify the knowledge and skills that a student must have in order to be successful in a particular course. The State Board of Education has adopted rules that clarify prerequisites in TAC §74.11(j) and (k). Those rules establish circumstances under which a student can meet prerequisites. These rules are available online at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter074/ch074b.html#74.11.

Friday, June 2, 2017

BLOOMBOARD College and Career Readiness Opportunities from TEA

TEA has partnered with BloomBoard to offer some of Texas’ first-ever micro-credentials. College and Career Readiness is one of the handful of programs that has been a focus of this work, and we are now accepting participants for this groundbreaking pilot.

The pilot program includes targeted resources, peer collaboration, and facilitated learning activities designed to support participants in earning a micro-credential of their choosing. The three crucial components of College & Career Readiness that are the anchors of this summer’s pilot work on House Bill 5 (HB5) Pathways are: Guiding Students to Select an Endorsement, Engaging Students in the Re-Evaluation an Endorsement, and Aligning Pathways to Local Employment Data.

For more information and to register by June 14th, click here.

We still have spaces available, so please pass this email along to the school counselors and educators you work with. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Program Manager, Molly Latinova (molly@bloomboard.com), for more details. The personalized learning, facilitation, and opportunity to earn micro-credentials will continue throughout the summer.

Click here to join TEA and BloomBoard in this exciting work.