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K-5 Student Art Contest

Sharing an opportunity with you, please note that materials have not been reviewed or endorsed by ESC Region 13:   Take Care of Texas and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite K-5 students to submit artwork showing how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. One grand prize winner […]

Hot Wheels Speedometry

    Hot Wheels Speedometry has been racing through Central Texas in 2015. Speedometry, is a fun, interactive and hands-on curriculum designed especially for fourth grade students to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This free-to-use program is the result of collaboration between the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and […]

The following information was posted to the Accountability and Performance blog this morning. Full details are available on the Texas Education Agency Website. The Commissioner has just released his final decisions regarding the state accountability ratings for 2015.  These decisions are based on recommendations from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and the Accountability Technical […]

TEDxYouth@Austin: February 14, 2015

For the last two years, Austin area youth have organized and produced TEDxYouth@Austin events. Both the 2013 and 2014 events were wildly successful days that positively impacted hundreds of Austin area youth. The 2015 event is expected to be the best yet. On Saturday, February 14, 2015, (yes, it is Valentine’s Day!) central Texas high […]

Languages Other Than English TEKS

Please note the implementation dates in the update from the Texas Education Agency regarding the LOTE TEKS for Classical Languages: “The LOTE Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for classical languages were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE) at the September 2014 meeting. Once published in the Texas Register, the LOTE TEKS for […]

2014-2015 Performance-Based Monitoring Intervention Staging

The Texas Education Agency posted a communication on October 7, 2014 regarding 2014-2015 Performance-Based Monitoring Intervention Staging (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769818217). “2014-2015 intervention staging information for the bilingual education/English as a second language (BE/ESL), career and technical education (CTE), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and special education (SPED) program areas, including residential facility (RF) monitoring, will be available by […]

TEA releases Community and Student Engagement ratings

The Texas Education Agency posted Community and Student Engagement ratings for the state’s school districts, charters and campuses today in a press release at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769817938. The press release includes data tables for overall performance as well as each of the indicators: Fine Arts Wellness and Physical Education Community / Parent Involvement 21st Century Workforce Second Language Acquisition […]

English Language Learner Institute

Providing quality instruction for English language learners is critical for students to become successful in their school careers.  As our accountability systems progress to include ELLs on various levels, the implications for instruction in both the native and English language become apparent.  Educators at all grade levels must maintain a firm grasp on how to […]

Curriculum Council September 4th

Our first Curriculum Council meeting for the 2014-15 school year is scheduled for September 4th beginning at 9:00 am. We hope that you have registered to participate either face to face or through our virtual offering using workshop ID# FA1430499. ESC Region 13 districts have a discount code for registration that appears in the “class notes” […]

Performance Standards for the STAAR Program

The Texas Education Agency posted a To the Administrator Addressed letter on August 21st regarding STAAR performance standards. Highlights of this letter include: “The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be maintaining the initial performance standards for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program for the 2014–2015 school year…” “…TEA will be proposing, […]

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