Mathematics Update

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Mathematics Achievement Academy: Take Two

Program of events:

  • Premiere: Activate Learning (online): February 2 - 16, 2018
  • Act 1- Zoom Chat (video conference): Feb 16, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
  • Act 2 - Face to Face session: ESC Region 11
  • Act 3 -Extend Learning (online): March 3 - 30, 2018
  • Finale: Celebrate Learning (online): April 1-6, 2018

STAARt your Engines! Rev Up for a Winning Assessment Season

February 28, 2018

It's not too late to implement strategies that will give your students the boost they need to perform their best on the spring STAAR assessments. If you teach a content area that is tested on STAAR, this conference is for you!

Register here:

New Rich Tasks Added to Our HOTSpots Livebinder!

HOTS = Higher Order Thinking Strategies

No STAAR Retests in 5th and 8th grade by districts affected by Hurricane Harvey!

December 14th Press Release:

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that he is removing the requirement to conduct grade placement committees and any related June 2018 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) retests in fifth and eighth-grade for districts within the Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Harvey.

TEA Mathematics Update

PAEMST Nominations now Open for Mathematics Teachers Grades K-6

The 2017-2018 nomination and application windows for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. Teachers of grades K-6 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Nominate someone today -

PD Offerings to be Removed for CTE Math & Science Courses

With the adoption (2015) and implementation (2017) of new and revised CTE TEKS, the following professional development (PD) courses are no longer current and will be removed from Gateway Courses on December 29, 2017.

  • Advanced Animal Science
  • Advanced Biotechnology
  • Advanced Plant and Soil Science
  • Engineering Design and Problem Solving
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Statistics and Risk Management

The PD courses listed above must be completed by the close of business Friday, December 29, 2017, to receive a certificate of completion. If you have completed one of these courses and need a certificate, log into the system at and download a copy before the course removal date.

Future PD for CTE Math and Science: 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Years

Pending the new approved training, CTE teachers who are not certified in science and who wish to teach one of the CTE courses for science credit may want to complete the online course titled “Science Safety for High School.” Science or math teachers who are not certified in CTE and who wish to teach one of the CTE courses for mathematics or science credit may want to complete CTE 101. CTE-certified teachers may complete CTE 101, if they wish. Both online professional development courses can be found in Gateway Courses (

2018 North Texas Computer Science Teacher Collaborative Conference

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Plano ISD Academy High School, 1701 Alma Drive· Plano, TX 75075

Conference Learning Strands:

  • Differentiation in the CS Classroom
  • Instructional Strategies to Engage All Learners
  • Curriculum Connections - Creative Coding Resources

No Cost for Registration:

Engaging Resources from NCTM's Illuminations

Pre-K Grade 2

How Many Buttons?

Students review classification, make sets of a given number, explore relationships between numbers, and find numbers that are one more and one less than a given number. They apply their knowledge of classification as they play a game similar to bingo.

Grades 3–5

Estimating Volume by Counting on Frank

Students read the book Counting on Frank. They use information in the book to make estimates involving volume. In particular, students explore the size of humpback whales.

Grades 6–8

History of Populations

The activities at this level focus on studying a series of circle graphs that report the population of the United States and of selected states–Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania–in fifty-year intervals from 1800 to 1950. Students are asked to discuss and describe the information and to explain why the percentage of the total population changed for the three states.

Grades 9–12

Automobile Mileage: Age vs. Mileage

Students plot data about automobile mileage and interpret the meaning of the slope and y-intercept of the least squares regression line. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students analyze the meaning of the slope and y-intercept of the line and put those meanings in the context of the real-life application.