Mathematics Update

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PAEMST 2017 State Finalist

Congratulations Megan Gabriel Denton High School, Denton ISD Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 2017 State Finalist!
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Don't Want To Miss Class? Join Us After School!

TI-84 Calculating Success Day 1 09/12/2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm

TI-84 Calculating Success Day 2 09/28/2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm

TI-Nspire Calculating Success Day 1 09/21/2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm

TI-Nspire Calculating Success Day 2 10/05/2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Algebra I Workstations and Guided Learning Day 1 09/19/2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Algebra I Workstations and Guided Learning Day 2 10/26/2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm - Registration Coming Soon!


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New Process for Review and Revision of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

In June 2017, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved a new process to be used for the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The new TEKS review process calls for up to five separate work group meetings and provides multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the recommendations of the work groups. For information regarding the new process, please visit the TEKS Review and Revision webpage.

The SBOE also approved a new TEKS and Instructional Materials Working Document, which establishes the TEKS review schedule and instructional materials adoption cycle for the next several years. The working document is also available on the TEKS Review and Revision webpage.

Questions regarding the new TEKS review and revision process or schedule may be sent to the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division at

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Elementary School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) and Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments

The purpose of the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners is to determine if a student is at-risk for algebra readiness. The content in these screeners does not cover all the TEKS for the grade levels. The results should be used to guide instruction for whole class and interventions where appropriate. The Diagnostic Assessments can then be used to find specific areas of needs for the students who are identified as “at-risk” for algebra readiness by the Universal Screener. These tools can be accessed on the Texas Gateway at The ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners, Diagnostic Assessments, and professional development courses are available at no cost to all Texas public school districts. For account creation assistance, contact

Universal Screener

Fall August 21, 2017 – October 13, 2017

Winter January 8, 2018 – February 9, 2018

Spring April 23, 2018 – May 18, 2018

Diagnostic Assessments

Fall August 28, 2017 – October 20, 2017

Winter January 15, 2018 – February 16, 2018

Spring April 30, 2018 – May 25, 2018

ESTAR/MSTAR Professional Development

Teachers are encouraged to complete the appropriate online professional development courses when using the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments. The following online courses are available on the Texas Math Support Center (

· TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners

· TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Learning Progressions

· TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments

As the new school year begins, please note the availability of ESTAR (grades 2–4) and MSTAR (grades 5–8) Universal Screeners (US) and Diagnostic Assessments (DA) and plan to use these valuable tools to support math planning and instruction.

Over the summer, the ESTAR/MSTAR system underwent a number of enhancements designed to improve user experience.

District admins can now

  • add new schools;
  • modify existing campuses and classrooms;
  • add new classrooms;
  • modify existing admin, teacher, and student accounts; and
  • temporarily reset student, teacher, and campus admin passwords.

Campus admins can now

  • add new classrooms;
  • modify existing class rosters;
  • modify existing teacher, and student accounts; and
  • temporarily reset student and teacher passwords.

While the fall administration window for the ESTAR/MSTAR US opened August 21st, it is recommended that campuses wait until rosters are set before administering the fall US. Campuses administering the US prior to September 1, 2017, will be considered part of a soft launch and may be asked to provide feedback regarding the enhancements. If your district wishes to complete screening prior to September 1, please contact the Texas Math Support Center helpdesk at

The ESTAR/MSTAR system can be accessed through the Texas Gateway at or directly at (note the new URL). Users will be able to access resources such as a user’s manual, upload templates, FAQ documents, etc. For questions and assistance, contact the helpdesk at

Teacher2Teacher Videos

Seventeen Teacher2Teacher videos are now available on the Texas Gateway. The topics range in grades from kindergarten to Algebra I and include fraction division, integer operations, addition and subtraction of a variety of numbers, percent increase/decrease (growth and decay), solving equations, and multiple representations of equations. These videos demonstrate a transition from various strategies to the standard algorithm and include vertical alignment discussions. You can access the videos at

OpenStax Open-Source Instructional Materials

OpenStax (Rice University) open-source instructional materials are available at The products are organized into units and chapters and can be used like traditional textbooks as the entire syllabus for a course.

OpenStax open-source instructional materials will be fully available in September. For assistance in locating sample materials, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or

Study Edge Open-Source Instructional Materials

Study Edge open-source instructional materials are available on the Texas Gateway. Materials are available for Precalculus and Statistics as well as Chemistry and Physics. The products created by Study Edge are delivered in short videos with master teachers presenting the material. The videos can be used to teach an entire course or as supplemental material to help students be more successful in these challenging courses.

For more information about Study Edge open-source materials available through TEA, visit For additional assistance, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or

Grade 6 OnTRACK Lessons

Two OnTRACK lessons for grade 6 have been added to the Texas Gateway. Each is filled with instruction and interactives designed to assist students is sixth grade mathematics. Additional lessons are in development.

Applying the Order of Operations:

Generating Equivalent Forms of Rational Numbers:


MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

In the 2017 competition, a team of four students from Euless, Missouri City and Austin took first prize including the top two individual scores. Congratulations to the whole team, their coach, parents/guardians, and teachers. For more information, please visit

Pam Harris: Video Series on Building Powerful Teachers

Check out and Pam's video series on Building Powerful Teachers! See the newly posted video of Telling vs. Constructing. What's the difference? How do you define teaching?

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Part 3 Formative Assessment with Mathematical Models

Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by

Dr. Julie McNamara

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at California State University East Bay

This session will focus on the strategic use of models to both teach and assess student mathematical comprehension. Read more.

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The 5 Features of a Motivated Classroom

Participating in math class feels socially risky to students. Staying silent often feels safer. In Motivated, author Ilana Seidel Horn shows why certain teaching strategies create classroom climates where students want to join in.

Read a recent blog post from Motivated introducing five key features of motivational math classrooms:

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Noetic Learning: Video Library

If your are looking for resources to help your students learn, practice and master problem-solving skills, please check out the free resources developed for teachers and students:

"Creative Math for Creative Minds" video series: Each video focuses on one problem solving strategy. The lessons are short, engaging and entertaining.