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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Prerequisites for High School Math Courses Information, ESTAR/MSTAR Information, Supporting Documents for TEKS

Prerequisite Requirements for High School Mathematics Courses
The mathematics prerequisite course requirements changed with the implementation of revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for mathematics for high school courses beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. Prerequisite requirements for mathematics can be found in the TEKS for each course under the general requirements section. The word “recommended” has been removed from most prerequisites, therefore, in those cases listed prerequisite courses are required to be successfully completed before a student may enroll in a subsequent course.
Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74 provides additional clarification for prerequisite requirements: 
Foundation High School Program (§74.11(j))
Minimum High School Program, Recommended High School Program, and Distinguished Achievement Program (§74.71(k))

ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments
As the new school year begins, please be aware of the availability of ESTAR (grades 2 - 4) and MSTAR (grades 5 - 8) Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments, valuable tools to support instructional decision-making regarding students’ algebra-readiness. These tools can be accessed on the Texas Gateway at
Administration Windows
ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners
·         Fall: August 22, 2016 - October 14, 2016
·         Winter: January 9, 2017 - February 10, 2017
·         Spring: April 3, 2017 - May 5, 2017 
ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments
·         Fall: August 29, 2016 - October 21, 2016
·         Winter: January 16, 2017 - February 17, 2017
·         Spring: April 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017 
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 
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 (

TxAIR Update
The Texas Achievement Items Repository ( is a web-based tool provided at no cost to all Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. TxAIR enables teachers to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses on targeted math and science TEKS for grades 3-12.
For more information or assistance with using this resource for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact

Revised Resource – Supporting Information Documents for K-8
Supporting Information documents for the K-8 mathematics TEKS have been revised and can be found on the Texas Gateway at The revised documents are identified by “May 2016” in the footer. Note that the supporting information for student expectation 3(4)(K) has been revised by replacing “quotient” with “dividend” to bring consistency to the limitation on multiplication and division found elsewhere at this grade level.

New Resource – Supporting Information Documents for High School

Supporting Information documents for several high school mathematics courses are currently available on the Texas Gateway at including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, Mathematics Models with Applications, and Advanced Quantitative Reasoning. Documents for Statistics and Algebraic Reasoning are in development and will be released in the near future. The Supporting Information documents are arranged as they appear in the Texas Administrative Code and provide further explanation of information found in the Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents. The Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents for those courses have been moved from the Texas Gateway, to the Resources for the Revised Mathematics TEKS on the TEA website located at

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