Ring Out the Old, and Ring in the New

Author: Fredric Noriega, Secondary Mathematics Specialist

On April 20, 2012 the State Board of Education approved revisions to the Mathematics TEKS; in other words, Math is getting new TEKS! The new Math TEKS apply to grades K-8, and most high school math courses. A complete list of the new TEKS can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147499971. New TEKS for grades K-8 are scheduled to be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year, while new TEKS for high school are scheduled to be implemented in the following academic school year of 2015-2016. How will this affect the STAAR testing? According to TEA, during the year of implementation they plan to assess students on the “overlapping” student expectations for each grade level. For example, consider the current 7th grade STAAR bank of test questions; during implementation year they will only include those questions that assess a current student expectation and simultaneously a student expectation from the new TEKS. Students can still expect to see field test questions on the STAAR assessments.

 

Preparation for the new TEKS should begin during the 2013-2014 school year, one year prior to the implementation year for K-8. Teachers and campus leaders should conduct a side-by-side analysis comparing the content and cognitive changes between the current and new TEKS. In addition, teachers need to determine if the new TEKS will cause any gaps in student knowledge and, if so, begin discussing what can be done to ensure those gaps are filled. This will need to be a collaborative effort amongst multiple grade level instructors. For example,  a 6th grade teacher will need to work with both the 7th and 5th grade teachers to ensure that students do not miss any content when moving to the next grade. The final step will be for instructors to make sure they are prepared to teach any content that is new to them. If the Student Expectation came from a different grade level, it would be a good idea to find which grade it came from and seek out that teacher to share both content knowledge and effective instructional strategies for the new content.

 

In an effort to support the implementation of the new TEKS, TEA will offer online professional development modules beginning in the Spring of 2013. These courses will be offered via Project Share. Below are the descriptors for each course offering.

 

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Focal Points and TEKS Comparisons, K-2

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

New Content, New Opportunities to Learn, K-2

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Building on Fluency to Build Proficiency, K-2

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Mathematical Process Standards and Project Share Gateway Resources,

K-2

Focal Points and TEKS Comparisons

Gap Analysis

Fluency and Proficiency

Mathematical Process Standards

Examine the focal points within the newly revised mathematics TEKS and compare the new TEKS to the current TEKS to improve overall mathematics instruction. Explore models of vertical alignment that strengthen participants’ knowledge of mathematics concepts and processes, leading to student success on statewide assessments and post-secondary readiness. Find out what standards are new to each grade level. Explore a gap analysis for the transition from the current TEKS to implementation and assessment of the new mathematics TEKS so you can be prepared for success in 2014-2015. Examine the learning progressions within the newly revised mathematics TEKS that develop fluency and proficiency. Engage in activities designed to support and enhance fluency, leading to student success on statewide assessments and post-secondary readiness.Study the mathematical process standards in the newly revised mathematics TEKS. Explore online activities that support student learning through integration of the mathematical process standards and grade-level content.

 

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Focal Points and TEKS Comparisons, 3-5

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

New Content, New Opportunities to Learn, 3-5

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Building on Fluency to Build Proficiency, 3-5

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Mathematical Process Standards and Project Share Gateway Resources,

3-5

Focal Points and TEKS Comparisons

Gap Analysis

Fluency and Proficiency

Mathematical Process Standards

Examine the focal points within the newly revised mathematics TEKS and compare the new TEKS to the current TEKS to improve overall mathematics instruction. Explore models of vertical alignment that strengthen participants’ knowledge of mathematics concepts and processes, leading to student success on statewide assessments and post-secondary readiness. Find out what standards are new to each grade level. Explore a gap analysis for the transition from the current TEKS to implementation and assessment of the new mathematics TEKS so you can be prepared for success in 2014-2015. Examine the learning progressions within the newly revised mathematics TEKS that develop fluency and proficiency. Engage in activities designed to support and enhance fluency, leading to student success on statewide assessments and post-secondary readiness. Study the mathematical process standards in the newly revised mathematics TEKS. Explore online activities that support student learning through integration of the mathematical process standards and grade-level content.

 

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Focal Points and TEKS Comparisons, 6-8

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

New Content, New Opportunities to Learn, 6-8

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Building on Fluency to Build Proficiency, 6-8

Introduction to the Revised TEKS:

Mathematical Process Standards and Project Share Gateway Resources,

6-8

Focal Points and TEKS Comparisons

Gap Analysis

Fluency and Proficiency

Mathematical Process Standards

Examine the focal points within the newly revised mathematics TEKS and compare the new TEKS to the current TEKS to improve overall mathematics instruction. Explore models of vertical alignment that strengthen participants’ knowledge of mathematics concepts and processes, leading to student success on statewide assessments and post-secondary readiness. Find out what standards are new to each grade level. Explore a gap analysis for the transition from the current TEKS to implementation and assessment of the new mathematics TEKS so you can be prepared for success in 2014-2015. Examine the learning progressions within the newly revised mathematics TEKS that develop fluency and proficiency. Engage in activities designed to support and enhance fluency, leading to student success on statewide assessments and post-secondary readiness. Study the mathematical process standards in the newly revised mathematics TEKS. Explore online activities that support student learning through integration of the mathematical process standards and grade-level content.

 

We at Region 13 are also offering and planning multiple opportunities to act as support during this time of transition to the new TEKS. We look forward to making sure all instructional staff have a deep understanding of the new standards and that all students have the opportunity to be successful.


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