Mathematics Update

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Math and Science Leaders Advisory Meeting - March 3, 2016 at 9:00 am

During this half-day session, current issues concerning the curriculum and assessment of mathematics and science will be addressed. Math and science coordinators, specialists, and campus leaders will have the opportunity to network with each other and will receive the most current information from TEA. Representatives from Texas Instruments, Origo Education, STAAR Mission, and Step Up to the TEKS will be on hand to demonstrate products and answer questions. Register now!
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STAAR Performance Standards

This adjusted phase-in plan, which increases performance standards annually in small increments, was adopted into Texas Administrative Code (TAC §101.3041).

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STAAR EOC Performance Standards

The standard in place when a student first takes a STAAR EOC assessment is the standard that will be maintained on all STAAR EOC assessments throughout the student’s high school career.
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TEA STAAR Mathematics Update

Spring 2016 STAAR Administrations

March 29: Grades 5 and 8 mathematics

May 2–6: Algebra I

May 9–13:

  • Grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 mathematics
  • Grades 5 and 8 mathematics retest (May 9th)
  • Algebra II (May 11th)
June 21: Grades 5 and 8 mathematics retest

  • STAAR assessments for grades 3–8 will NOT have embedded field-test questions this year.
  • STAAR EOC assessments will continue to have embedded field-test questions in spring 2016.
  • STAAR Standardized Oral Administration is available for students who meet the eligibility requirements in mathematics for Grades 3, 5, 6, and 7.
  • SSI promotion requirements apply to students taking STAAR (including STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR A) grade 5 or 8 mathematics and/or reading assessments if the students are enrolled in grade 5 or 8 and are receiving on-grade-level instruction in mathematics and/or reading.
  • STAAR Algebra I and II assessments will align to the TEKS adopted by the SBOE in April 2012 and implemented in the 2015–2016 school year. Only the “overlap” curriculum will be used for scoring purposes, however, new skills will be addressed in field-test questions.
  • TEA will release the following spring 2016 STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR A assessments in August 2016: Grades 3-8 Math (March version for Grades 5 and 8) and Algebra 1 (May version)

STAAR Algebra II

■ Will be administered on a voluntary basis at the district’s option to ALL students in the district enrolled in the course.

■ Will measure postsecondary readiness.

■ Is not required for high school graduation.

■ Cannot be used for accountability.

■ Cannot be used for the purpose of teacher evaluations.

■ Cannot be used in determining a student’s final course grade or class rank.

■ Cannot be used for college admission purposes.

■ Is offered once per year.

■ Is available both on paper and online.

■ Is available in braille and large print.

■ Can be used to satisfy TSI requirements.

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Schools. Classes. Families. Change Your Mindset. Take The Pledge.

Math is everywhere. We pledge to stop saying "I'm not good at math" and approach math with a growth mindset. We will work hard to grow our math understanding, attitude, and outlook. We know that, With Math, We Can…do anything. Fostering the development of growth mindset in our children, especially when it comes to math, is an integral piece of their future success in any field or job. With a growth mindset, students believe that intelligence can grow. It's that optimistic outlook that we must learn to guide and support.


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Teach CS will provide an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test. Attendees should bring their own laptop to the workshop.

Eligible Attendees

Texas teachers interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend. Attendees should have at least some prior experience in coding or programming to maximize their participation in this workshop.

Accommodations and Transportation

All participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and payments. These costs will be reimbursed to participants who attend the entire event. Lodging costs will be reimbursed at the state rate only for those who live more than 60 miles from the event. Mileage will be reimbursed, also at the state rate, as calculated by MapQuest using the shortest route option.

No hotel block arrangements have been made by the TRC for this event. Make reservations at an area hotel of your choice, asking for state rate. A copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt form is provided and should be printed and turned in to your hotel upon arrival. State hotel tax will not be reimbursed.

A list of nearby hotels is available on the event page but please note that this is a busy time in Austin. If you plan to get a room, BOOK YOUR HOTEL NOW. Rooms are limited.

Additional details and a link to registration can be found at