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TEA Math Updates

The Texas Education Agency posted updates in a listserv e-mail today including:

New Resource – Interactive Mathematics Glossary: the iPhone and iPad Apps

 TEA’s Interactive Math Glossary is now available in the iTunes app store. The glossary is designed to help teachers explore and understand mathematics vocabulary used in the grades K–8 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Each glossary term is displayed in a four-quadrant Frayer Model. Go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interactive-math-glossary/id1051404376?mt=8 to download.

 

New Resource – Supporting Information Documents

 Supporting Information documents for grades K – 5 and 7 – 8 are currently available on the Gateway. The grade 6 document is in the process of being published to the Gateway. The documents are arranged by the TEKS and provide further explanations of the information in the Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents. The Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents for grades K – 8 will be removed from the Gateway on January 1, 2016. If you would like to retain a copy of these documents, please download and save them before the end of December.

SBOE Update – Financial Mathematics

 The State Board of Education is proposing that Financial Mathematics be added as an option for a third mathematics credit for students on the Foundation High School Program. This proposal went before the board for first reading and filing authorization at the November meeting. The public comment period for the proposed changes to Chapter 74, Subchapter B is expected to begin later this month. When available for public comment, it will appear on the State Board of Education’s Proposed State Board of Education Rules webpage. The proposed changes are expected to go before the board for second reading and final adoption in January.


SBOE Update – Personal Financial Literacy

 The Personal Financial Literacy course went before the board for first reading and filing authorization in November. This course is expected to be available for public comment later this month. When available for public comment, it will appear on the State Board of Education’s Proposed State Board of Education Rules webpage. This course is expected to go before the board for second reading and final adoption in January.

 

Personal Financial Literacy is proposed as a high school social studies course. Once adopted, this course will be a required course offering beginning with the following school year.

ESTAR/MSTAR Winter Windows

 The winter windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments will open in early January. The dates for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener are January 11 – February 12, 2016. The Universal Screener assists teachers in determining if a student is at-risk for algebra readiness. The content in this screener does not cover all of the TEKS for the grade levels. The results of this screener should be used to guide instruction for whole class and interventions where appropriate.

 

The winter window dates for the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments are January 18 – February 19, 2016. The Diagnostics Assessments are administered to students identified as being in need of additional support. They are designed to help teachers identify student misconceptions.

ESC Region 13 Math Contacts:

Mary Headley – mary.headley@esc13.txed.net

Susan Hemphill – susan.hemphill@esc13.txed.net

Virginia Keasler – virginia.keasler@esc13.txed.net

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