October 7th, 2014
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Instructional Materials Allotment – High-enrollment Growth Application
As of March 19, 2014, districts and open-enrollment charter schools had been provided their instructional materials allotment (IMA) for the 2014 – 2015 school year. The IMA included the 50% calculated amount for the 2nd year of the biennium. The most recent PEIMS enrollment data was used to calculate the IMA for fiscal year 2015.
In accordance with the Texas Administrative Code, §66.1309, a district or open-enrollment charter school that has experienced a minimum enrollment growth of ten percent over the previous 5 year period is eligible to receive an adjustment to its IMA to accommodate high-enrollment growth. A district or open-enrollment charter school that is experiencing a student population growth that is not reflected in the state calculation may also be considered for additional IMA funding if the district or charter experienced a net increase of 3,500 students over the last five years or experienced unexpected enrollment growth due to unforeseen circumstances. Open-enrollment charter schools may also apply if their growth is a result of the recent approval of an expansion amendment by the commissioner of education.
Districts or open-enrollment charter schools that meet these criteria may submit an application to the commissioner of education to request additional IMA funding. Districts are permitted to submit only one application for each school year. The application must be submitted between September 29, 2014, and October 31, 2014. Contingent upon approval by the commissioner and funding availability, the district allotment will be increased to include students who were not included in the original calculation. The commissioner’s determination under this process is final and may not be appealed.
The district or open-enrollment charter school will be notified of its status for additional IMA funding within 15 working days after the application is received. The application must be submitted to the Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology by fax at (512) 475-3612 or by email at email@example.com. Districts may access the application at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147507729.
For assistance with the high-enrollment growth application process, please contact Kelly Griffin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 463-9601.
Standards and Programs
May 24th, 2014
TexQuest, the state funded database program for K-12 public schools and open enrollment charter schools, is open and ready for districts to sign up!
As you sign up, please keep these points in mind:
- TexQuest registration will be done at the district level, not the campus level. Please forward the sign up link to staff with district purchasing authority.
- Please read the guides and instructions posted on the TexQuest website carefully; they will be a great aid during the sign up process. If you have questions or need help during the process, please contact the Region 20 Support Center at email@example.com
- Participation in TexQuest is free for the first year of the program (June 2014-June 2015), but districts will be invoiced in January 2015 to participate in the program for the second year that begins June 2015. The participation fee is 22 cents per student based on October 2013 enrollment, so please take steps to plan your budget accordingly.
For more information or to begin the sign up process please access the TexQuest website at texquest.net.
March 21st, 2014
TEA Release -
TEA Link: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769810225
The WORD version is also attached: TAA 2014-2015 IMA Allocations and Purchasing Options
February 20th, 2014
TEA has released the Initial Bid and Pricing document. If you have not already viewed this via their website (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147505402), you can download it here!
Proclamation 2014 Initial Bids and Pricing_02 2 2014
February 17th, 2014
REMINDER! This Friday, February 21st, is your opportunity to visit with the publishers at the Technology Applications Instructional Materials Showcase!
This event is come-and-go from 9 am – 4 pm and allows participants time to visit with representatives, review material, and have team discussions while considering adoption materials for the Technology Applications TEKS.
You do not need to pre-register in order to attend. We hope to see you there!
December 16th, 2013
Region 13 will host three Instructional Materials Showcases in early 2014. Participating publishers will have tables set up with items for district review, and a vendor representative will be on hand to answer questions districts may have about the materials available for adoption for the 2014-2015 school year. The list of participating vendors can be found on our Region 13 Instructional Materials Adoption webpage.
The showcases are come-and-go events for district representatives, and no registration is required. The showcases will be open from 9:00 am–4:00 pm on the following dates:
January 7, 2014: K-5 Math & Science
January 8, 2014: Secondary Math & Science
February 21, 2014: K-12 Technology Applications
December 2nd, 2013
The Texas Education Agency is now accepting nominations to the state review panels that will evaluate instructional materials submitted for adoption under Proclamation 2015.
Proclamation 2015 calls for instructional materials in the following areas:
- Social Studies, Grades K-12
- Social Studies (Spanish), Grades K-5
- Mathematics, Grades 9-12
- Fine Arts, Grades K-12
State review panels are scheduled to convene in Austin for one week during the summer of 2014 to review materials submitted under Proclamation 2015. The TEA will reserve hotel lodging and reimburse panel members for all travel expenses, as allowable by law.
- Panel members should plan to remain on-site for five days to conduct the evaluation.
- Panel members will be asked to complete an initial review of instructional materials prior to the in-person review.
- Panel members will receive orientation and training both prior to the initial review and at the beginning of the in-person review.
- Panel members might be asked to review additional content following the in-person review.
- Because many of the samples will be delivered electronically, panel members should be comfortable reviewing materials on-screen rather than in print.
- Panel members should also have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Upon initial contact by a representative of the TEA, state review panel nominees begin a “no-contact” period in which they may not have either direct or indirect contact with any publisher or other person having an interest in the content of instructional materials under evaluation by the panel. The “no-contact” period begins with the initial communication for the Texas Education Agency and ends after the State Board of Education (SBOE) adopts the instructional materials. The SBOE is scheduled to adopt Proclamation 2015 materials at its November 2014 meeting.
To nominate yourself or someone else to serve on a state review panel, please complete the form posted HERE and submit it to the TEA on or before Friday, January 24, 2014.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
November 25th, 2013
The TEA Proclamation 2014 website has posted the following document:
These are SBOE adopted materials which can be purchased via the EMAT system beginning in April 2014. These materials are intended for use during the 2014-2015 school year.
Region 13 will host a set of vendor showcases in January and February of 2014. District representatives may come and review instructional materials available from various vendors, and most vendors will be present to answer questions regarding materials available for purchase. There is no registration required for districts to participate in the showcases. They are come-and-go events from 9:00 am–4:00 pm on the following dates:
January 7, 2014 Elementary Math & Science
January 8, 2014 Secondary Math & Science
February 21, 2014 Technology Applications K-12
June 3rd, 2013
There are many things to consider when looking at new curriculum materials. Many districts already have procedures, manuals, and evaluation forms in place from many years of experience. We are in an age where resource adoption now looks and feels slightly different including virtual labs, streaming video, and other digital experiences. Region 13 has put together a form that may help you update your internal thinking with regard to new adoptions. By no means an exhaustive list, the Proclamation 2014 Considerations document provides a few specific questions in several areas, including technology, that may be helpful when reviewing materials this coming year. Also, we have gathered th
ree different examples of materials evaluation rubrics used in the past. These may be helpful when reviewing your own local procedures.
May 31st, 2013
As the Proclamation 2014 adoption cycle begins, there are some questions you might want to keep in mind concerning the accessibility of the instructional materials your district chooses. Below are a few resources to help you frame and ask your questions: