Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #4

How important is math fact fluency?

Math fact fluency is key to success in math at all levels. We know that by 6th grade students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently (TEK 6.3D). Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help students at any level become more fluent with their math facts.

Check out this classroom example of students using the FACTastic cards.

Making 10 is an important strategy that is already taught in most primary classrooms. In this video students use the FACTastic cards, 10-frames, and counters to help them visualize the partners of 10 as they work toward mastery of TEK 1.3D, apply basic fact strategies to add and subtract within 20, including making 10 and decomposing a number leading to a 10. Learning this strategy builds automaticity of addition and subtraction facts that have a sum of 10.

What is the FACTastic Math Strategy System?

The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help students acquire the flexible thinking they need to be able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

Want to learn more? Register today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #3

How important is math fact fluency?

We know that by 6th grade students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently (TEK 6.3D). We also know that math fact fluency is key to success in math at all grades. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help your students become more fluent with their math facts.

Check out this classroom example of students using the FACTastic cards.

In this video students use the FACTastic cards to practice doubles plus one addition, which is helping them master TEK 1.3D, apply basic fact strategies to add and subtract within 20, including making 10 and decomposing a number leading to a 10. Using the FACTastic cards is a great way to increase student engagement and participation and to improve student academic success.

What is the FACTastic Math Strategy System?

The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help your students acquire the flexible thinking they need to be able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

Want to learn more? Register today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

Stay tuned to the What’s So Special … blog for more videos featuring classroom examples of FACTastic in action!

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #2

Check out this classroom example of students using the FACTastic cards to learn 10 minus 1 addition. 

How quickly can you add nine to a number? In this video, the FACTastic cards are used to teach a strategy that helps students learn to flip their thinking of “9,” and are given a cool tool to succeed in their math fluency. The flexible thinking students gain by using these strategies enables them to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. Using the FACTastic cards is a great way to increase student engagement and participation and to improve student academic success.

Do your students struggle to learn math facts?

We know that by 6th grade (TEK 6.3D) students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help your students meet this goal. The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

Register Today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

Stay tuned to the What’s So Special … blog for more videos featuring classroom examples of FACTastic in action!

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #1

Do your students struggle to learn math facts?

We know that by 6th grade (TEK 6.3D) students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System is a great way to meet this goal. The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

 

Classroom Example

Using the FACTastic cards is a great way to increase student engagement and participation and to improve student academic success. In this video, the FACTastic cards are used to teach 9s facts for multiplication and division. Students are able to easily master multiplying and dividing 9 by thinking of nine differently. The flexible thinking students gain by using these strategies enables them to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact.

 

Register Today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

 

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

 

Stay tuned to the What’s So Special … blog for more videos

featuring classroom examples of FACTastic in action!

 

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

 

 

Register today for To Drill or Not to Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction!

Do your students struggle to learn math facts? In this workshop you will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use in order to build automaticity of the addition and subtraction and multiplication and division facts. Teaching of strategies to recall basic facts builds flexible thinking in a student. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. This workshop will also provide ideas for implementation of strategy instruction, progress monitoring tips, and engaging math practice ideas to build fluency.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System, a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

FACTastic helps students build a solid mathematical foundation that is critical for their success. In this video, the teacher uses FACTastic cards to get students to think differently about multiplying and dividing with six. Check it out!

Register today!

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Mark your calendars! Watch the September 19 TETN to receive the latest updates and training on STAAR accessibility.

Gather your team and watch together! Testing coordinators, special education teachers, assistive technology specialists, instructional technology specialists, ELL representatives, 504 coordinators, and others will learn about the latest updates and training on STAAR accessibility.

This TETN is open to districts as well as Education Service Centers. It may be viewed at Region 13 or from districts that are members of the Distance Learning Network by contacting Distance Learning at distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5444.

For more information, contact Robert Garcia, District Assessment, robert.garcia@esc13.txed.net

 

Date: September 19, 2018

Title: 2018-2019 Accessibility Updates
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Audience: ESC and district personnel
Event#: 597
Summary: This presentation will provide updates to districts and Education Service Centers about the 2018-2019 Accessibility Policies.

Title: 2018 TELPAS/Alternate Assessments Fall Update
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Audience: ESC and district personnel
Event#: 598
Summary: This presentation includes the 2018 TELPAS/Alternate Assessments Fall Update and the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Decision-Making Policies from the TEA Student Assessment Division for districts and ESCs.

 

In addition to the TETN, extended learning can be found on the Region 13 Accommodation Central website. Please join us for live, online discussions about both TETN events. To be notified of the date and time for these discussions, join the Accommodation Central Community.

 

For additional information, contact:

Student Assessment Division

1701 North Congress Avenue

Room 3-122A

Austin, Texas 78701

(512) 463-9536

student.assessment@tea.texas.gov 

Register today for Power of Inclusion!

Including students with disabilities in the general education classroom is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educators need to collaborate to successfully meet the needs of diverse learners.

Power of Inclusion is a one-day workshop that offers general educators, special educators, and paraprofessionals an opportunity to develop relationships and expand their understanding of how to provide access to the general education curriculum for all students.

Topics covered include co-teaching approaches, paraprofessional support, specially designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, roles and responsibilities, collaboration, and planning.

Date: October 23, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $45.00

Register for Power of Inclusion in Ecampus by using course number FA1839170.

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

TEA announces the 2018-2019 STAAR Interim Assessment Tool

On August 6, 2018 the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the availability of the STAAR Interim Assessments.

What are the STAAR Interim Assessments?

These are free, optional, online interim assessments that align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The interim assessments provide actionable data to help educators improve instruction as well as help predict student performance on the STAAR.

When will the STAAR Interim Assessments be available?

TEA is launching the full interim assessment tool during the 2018–2019 school year. The assessment tool will be available from the beginning of the school year through the spring.

How do I access the STAAR Interim Assessments?

No application or TEA confirmation is required to use the assessment tool; districts and charter schools just need to register students in the STAAR Assessment Management System. Registration opens August 13, 2018.

What are some key features of the STAAR Interim Assessments?

  • Two different assessment administration opportunities are available, and districts can choose when to schedule these administrations. The first assessment opportunity will be available August 31, 2018.
  • Interim assessments are available through the STAAR Online Testing Platform for:
    • grades 3–8 mathematics
    • grades 3–8 reading
    • Algebra I, English I, English II
    • Spanish grades 3–5 mathematics
    • Spanish grades 3–5 reading
  • Embedded supports have been expanded to include content and language supports, as well as text-to-speech.
  • Results from the interim assessments will be reported in the STAAR Assessment Management System and have been enhanced to include a new online reporting suite. The reporting suite contains district-level, campus-level, and student-level reports. Reports at the student level will include:
    • the student’s response to each test question
    • the TEKS student expectation for each test question
    • a pop-up window that shows the test question
    • data files and percentages representing the statistical probability of achieving “Approaches”, “Meets” and “Masters” grade level expectations on STAAR

Is there a particular value for special education teachers?

Yes! Not only do the interim assessments provide valuable data, they also help teachers determine what designated supports might be beneficial to students so they can integrate the supports into their classroom instruction. In addition, the interim assessments provide a meaningful way for students to practice with the STAAR Online features. Success on the interim assessments can help teachers and administrators make appropriate testing decisions for students.

How can I learn more about the STAAR Interim Assessments?

Over the next few weeks, ETS will be hosting a series of webinar training opportunities for the interim assessments. Recorded versions of the webinars will be posted for educators who are not able to participate. More information about the upcoming webinars and the STAAR Interim Assessments can be found on TEA’s website at Interim Assessments.

For answers to more questions read the Interim Assessment FAQ.

If you have questions about the interim assessments, contact the TEA Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536 or studentassessment@tea.texas.gov.

Attention Science Teachers!

 

 

 

 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the revised test blueprints and assessed curriculum documents for science on May 22, 2018. They are posted to the TEA STAAR Science Resources webpage and include documents for Grade 5 science, Grade 5 Spanish science, Grade 8 science, and Biology.

STAAR Science Resources Webpage: https://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/science/

How can I use these documents?

Together the blueprints and assessed curriculum documents provide invaluable information for science teachers. Knowing the number of total test items, reporting category totals, and the percentage of readiness standard questions versus supporting standard questions can help focus planning so you make the most of your instructional time. The documents inform science teachers not only in the testing grades, but can guide vertical alignment planning efforts across grade levels.

TEST BLUEPRINTS

 

 

 

 

 

The blueprints contain information about the STAAR tests including:

  • Total number of questions on the test
  • Number of questions from each reporting category
  • Breakdown for each category of readiness and supporting standards
  • A reminder that at least 40% of the test questions are dual coded. A dual coded question incorporates scientific investigation and reasoning skills standards along with content standards. These scientific investigation and reasoning skills standards are the process standards that focus on conducting investigations, safe lab practices, critical thinking, and using scientific tools. An example of a scientific investigation and reasoning skills standard from biology is B.3 – the student uses critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving to make informed decisions within and outside the classroom.

ASSESSED CURRICULUM DOCUMENTS

The assessed curriculum documents list all tested TEKS eligible for testing. For the 5th and 8th grade tests the assessed curriculum documents also indicate which lower grade supporting standards are associated with the grade level standards. For example, in 5th grade Reporting Category 3 (Earth and Space) contains TEKS 5.7 and 5.8 as well as 4.7, 4.8, 3.7, and 3.8. The assessed curriculum documents also identify which of the TEKS are readiness standards and which are supporting standards.

What’s the difference between readiness and supporting standards?

Readiness Standards

(60-65% of questions)

Supporting Standards

(35-40% of questions)

• emphasize the integration and application of major scientific concepts

are essential for success in the current grade or course

• are important for preparedness for the next grade or course

• support college and career readiness

• necessitate in-depth instruction

• address significant content and concepts

• focus on content that supports fundamental scientific principles

• introduced in the current grade or course but may be emphasized in a subsequent year

• reinforced in the current grade or course but may be emphasized in a previous year

• play a role in preparing students for the next grade or course but not a central role

• address more narrowly defined content and concepts

 

Is there a particular value for special education teachers?

Yes! Not only can these resources guide planning for teaching and student support in any classroom setting, but they can also inform ARD committee members writing science goals. When analyzing the needs of the individual student in science, consider content standards AND process standards and remember the balance of readiness and supporting standards.

What should I do with this information now?

In addition to helping you plan for the 18-19 school year, these documents can help determine your summer professional development. Is there a specific reporting category you want to focus on? Do you need more training regarding the scientific investigation and reasoning skills standards?

For more information about Region 13 science resources and workshops, contact Amanda Betz, 512-919-5373, amanda.betz@esc13.txed.net.

If you have questions about the blueprints and assessed curriculum documents, contact the TEA Science Team, Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division, (512) 463-9581.

Teacher Access to the STAAR Student Portal

Now teachers can access the STAAR Student Portal, which was launched last summer by TEA as a tool to provide parents quick access to their student’s STAAR results. In addition to test results the portal also provides parents information such as:

  • Year-over-year growth information
  • Individual student responses to actual test items
  • Student expectations covered by the items
  • Wrong answer rationales

TEA created sample logins so teachers can explore the portal for themselves. The logins can be found in the Student Portal Generic Credentials for STAAR Grades 5 and 8 document.

Teachers who want to use the tool for planning immediate remediation can work with district testing coordinators who are authorized to provide item responses for each student in the teacher’s classroom.

To begin exploring the portal go to TexasAssessment.com. If you have questions or need more information please call TEA’s Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536.

Note: Since the portal includes real test content that has not been released yet, educators should not duplicate or disseminate any test items until they are formally released by TEA in August.