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Student Success Initiative (Texas SUCCESS) Online Accelerated Instruction Resources

The following “To the Administrator Addressed” was posted on December 11th from the Texas Education Agency:

SUBJECT: Student Success Initiative (Texas SUCCESS) Online Accelerated Instruction Resources

Rider 46, General Appropriations Act, 84th Texas Legislature, authorizes the commissioner to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for “statewide licenses to provide supplemental computer-based reading and mathematics instruction to all students in grades for which accelerated instruction is required.” The Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued RFP 701-16-010, Student Success Initiative Support Programs (Texas SUCCESS) and has now completed the review of online resources submitted in response. The RFP called for “scientifically validated and research-based online programs that target the prevention of academic failure in mathematics and reading” in the following service categories:

  • Grades 3–5 mathematics
  • Grades 6–8 mathematics
  • Algebra I
  • Grades 3–5 reading
  • Grades 6–8 reading
  • English I
  • English II

An evaluation team comprised of TEA staff and district representatives reviewed the submissions and selected Think Through Math (TTM) as the provider for Texas SUCCESS math resources for grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and Algebra I.

The evaluation team selected reading resources, as well. The following programs will be available for district use in accelerated reading instruction:

  • Grades 3–5 reading– Istation
  • Grades 6–8 reading— Compass Learning and Istation
  • English I and II— Apex Learning

Each company has received a notice of award and is prepared to begin providing services upon finalization of contracts. Each contract end date will be August 31, 2017. At this time, districts can begin planning for use of the selected programs to provide accelerated instruction to students in grades 3–5, grades 6–8, Algebra I, and English I and II. Districts will be able to select one of two vendors at grades 6-8. All selected companies are authorized to begin communicating with districts in preparation for resumption of previous services and/or the addition of new services.

The TEA thanks the district representatives who participated in the review and selection of the online resources. Their participation and expertise are greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to send questions to ssi@tea.texas.gov. Instructional Materials and Educational Technology (IMET) staff are ready to assist.


Monica Martinez

Associate Commissioner
Department of Standards and Programs
Texas Education Agency

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