SB826 – Sequencing of HS Math Courses

Did you know…

The governor signed SB826 regarding removing sequencing of Algebra I and Geometry before 3rd year credit of mathematics. Note, it is effective beginning the 17-18 school year. This means, there is no sequencing defined for the 17-18 school year.

We realize this brings up more questions with regards to next school year and students who have taken, are taking or enrolled to take courses.  We await further details from TEA and encourage all Math leaders to join the TEA updates and attend TEA face to face meetings at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, CAMT, in Fort Worth.

Sign up for TEA updates at

Cognitively Guided Instruction – CGI!

Join us June 13-16 for Cognitively Guided Instruction for K-2 teachers, there are a few spots left!  We are excited to have a national trainer Dr. Olly Steinthorsdottir leading our training.  This unique opportunity provides 7 days of PD, starting with 4 this summer and 3 days next school year.  Due to generous support from the Texas Regional Collaboratives we are able to offer these 7 days of training for a total of $200 per teacher.  For more details login to our Ecampus at:

Type in workshop code SU1736496

Words Their Way

Literacy definitely applies to all content areas! Check out the following series.

Words Their Way

Words Their Way is a developmental approach to phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction.  It offers a systematic, teacher directed, child-centered plan for the study of words from kindergarten to high school.  When teachers use this practical, hands-on way to study words with students, they create tasks that focus students’ attention on critical features of words.  All workshops will be presented by Words Their Way authors.


Summer Fun with ESC 13 Math

Congratulations on another great year in the classroom, and thank you for everything you do to engage our students in learning and loving mathematics!

As teachers and leaders of mathematics, the learning never stops! Please consider joining us this summer for one or more training opportunities.

K-3 math teachers – Don’t forget about the TEA Mathematics Achievement academies. The academies are open to eligible campuses. If you are from an eligible campus, your district leaders or campus principal will have the dates and locations, along with registration information for these academies.

Pre-K-Grade 5 – June 6th is our annual Elementary Extravaganza. Bring a friend from a different content area… this conference is for all elementary teachers!

Additional course offerings can be found on our summer math flyer.

Math Flyer Summer 2017


Elementary Extravaganza – Register Now!

What’s Happening at the Elementary Extravaganza On June 6th?

This one-day conference is dedicated to understanding and meeting the diverse and unique needs of the elementary teacher.  If you work with Pre-K – 5th Grade…this is the place to be!

Through this innovative, interactive menu-based experience, participants are able to spend their day with other elementary educators experiencing practical topics and connections, generating ideas, and gaining insight into the multiple areas they are responsible for in an environment that respects and honors the hard work and dedication required to be in the classroom.

 Sessions include:

Make-and-Take: Flexible Grouping Folder for Guided Reading (K-5)

Fun With Math Fluency

Exploring the Early Childhood Outcomes Prekindergarten Alignment Document (PPCD & PK)

Journal Writing: Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Thinking Stems for a Vocabulary-Rich Classroom



Click on the following link for more information and to register:

Check-in begins at 8:30 am in the main foyer.

Sessions begin promptly at 9:00 am. Please plan travel accordingly.

Registration includes a box lunch.

The temperature fluctuates in our building… a light jacket is recommended.

High School Statistics – Resources Survey

Region 13 is gathering information about the newly adopted 111.47 HS Statistics course with this google survey.

Participation is completely voluntary, we are surveying for what resources will be used and if you are needing additional support. This survey takes less than 5 minutes.

Thank you for your time!

Update to STAAR/EOC Standards

Great information shared by our friends at ESC Region 2!

Information from TEA: 

As many of you are aware, a Commissioner’s Rule amendment was proposed in December 2016 which finalizes the performance standards and replaces the old standard progression phase-in plan.

Last week, that proposed amendment was approved. A summary of relevant information is listed below.

  • Effective date is 04/16/2017 and the rule applies to testing in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • “Approaches Grade Level” means that a student meets the minimum passing requirement and has met the SSI requirement for grade promotion or graduation.
  • See the included links for the now finalized performance standards.

Category Definitions

  • “Does Not Meet Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing ” Level I Satisfactory.” Students in this category score below the cut scores established as the 2015-2016 minimum passing standard.
  • “Approaches Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing “Level II Phase-In.” It is finalized at the 2015-2016 Minimum Passing Standard scale scores. (See the included links for standards by grade level.)
  • “Meets Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing “Level II Recommended,” and the performance standard remains unchanged.
  • “Masters Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing “Level III Advanced,” and the performance standard remains unchanged.

Category Information

  • “Does Not Meet Grade Level” indicates a student is unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention
  • “Approaches Grade Level” indicates that a student is likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category are NOT likely to be on track for post-secondary readiness.
  • “Meets Grade Level” indicates that a student may require short-term, targeted academic intervention but is generally on track for post-secondary readiness.
  • “Masters Grade Level” indicates that a student is able to think critically and apply assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. These students are on track for post-secondary readiness.

Useful Links

Written by Steven Mendoza, ESC Region 2


Be an Early Bird! Register Today!

Registration Reminder: 

On May 12, 2017, Dr. Chris Woodin, an expert on dyscalculia and other learning disabilities, will present: “Cognition and Acquisition of Math Competence”

Don’t miss out on the early bird savings of 10%!  (Type in EARLY when asked for a promotion code.)

Although the activities in the afternoon will target middle school concepts, the strategies and the learning in this workshop are appropriate for all math teachers. Understanding the challenges of the struggling learner sometimes requires us to remember what it feels like to be the learner!  Don’t let the middle school content keep you away from this amazing opportunity. Bring your positive mindset. You can do it!

For more details and to register click here!

Workshop ID : SP1736156

The 10% Early Bird discount is good through April 10th, 2017.

We hope to see you there!



Sumdog – Games that Make Learning Fun!

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Sumdog Math Contests start April 7th and end the following Thursday for schools within Region 13.

The contests are suitable for all students in grades K – 8, as they adapt to each individual’s level.

Students can play online either at school or at home using the website or the app.

Visit to enter and give your class the chance to win!


Coming Summer 2017 – Cognitively Guided Instruction – Region 13 Pilot

Thanks to generous funding by the Texas Regional Collaboratives at the University of Texas at Austin we are able to offer this CGI Pilot to K-2 teachers in the Region 13 area at a significantly reduced cost!  Our space is limited to 30 teachers.

For more details on this incredible opportunity go to SU1736496

Register soon to be one of the 30 lucky teachers in this course!

What is CGI?  CGI is a problem-solving mathematics program that uses children’s knowledge as central to instructional decision-making. Teachers use research-based knowledge about childrens’ mathematical thinking to help them learn how to build on this knowledge in classroom instruction.

The goals of CGI are:

  1. Analyze story problems and number sentences to determine their mathematical demands and recognize student responses in terms of cognitive development.
  2. Assess students’ thinking and design problems that will develop students’ understanding of concepts and skills.
  3. Facilitate discussions that provide a window into children’s thinking, strengthen children’s ability to reason about arithmetic, and build their capacity for algebraic reasoning.
  4. Use open and true/false number sentences to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and skills.