April 2014 Committee of the Full Board Wednesday Item 10

Update on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review

April 9, 2014

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION

SUMMARY:
This item provides the opportunity for staff to present an update on the review of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and for the board to discuss the steps in the TEKS review process including the definition of an expert.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025.

BOARD RESPONSE: This item is presented for review and comment.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted the TEKS for all subjects to be effective September 1, 1998. The mathematics TEKS were amended to be effective August 1, 2006. The English language arts and reading TEKS were amended to be effective September 4, 2008. The Spanish language arts and reading TEKS were amended to be effective November 26, 2008. The secondary mathematics TEKS were amended to be effective February 22, 2009. The science TEKS were amended to be effective August 4, 2009. The career and technical education (CTE) TEKS were amended to be effective August 23, 2010. The social studies and high school English electives TEKS were amended to be effective August 23, 2010. The technology applications TEKS were amended to be effective September 26, 2011. The board gave final approval to revisions to the mathematics TEKS at the April 2012 meeting. The mathematics TEKS were amended to be effective September 12, 2012. The revised mathematics TEKS for Kindergarten through eighth grade are scheduled to be implemented beginning with the 2014-2015 school year and the revised mathematics TEKS for high school are scheduled to be implemented beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, depending upon the availability of instructional materials funding. In April 2013, the board approved for second reading and final adoption proposed revisions to the fine arts TEKS. The revised fine arts TEKS are scheduled to be implemented beginning with the 2015-2016 school year depending upon the availability of instructional materials funding.

The board took action at the May 2009 meeting to approve a revised process for review and revision of the TEKS. The board approved additional revisions to the process in November 2009. This process was used for the review and revision of the technology applications TEKS. The board approved revisions to the process for review and revision of the TEKS in January 2011 and directed staff to use the revised process beginning with review and revision of the mathematics and fine arts TEKS. At the November 2011 SBOE meeting, the Committee of the Full Board held a work session to examine the instructional materials adoption cycle and the timeline for the review and revision of the TEKS, and at the January 2012 meeting the board updated the schedule for the review and revision of the TEKS to better align with the new instructional materials adoption cycle. The board took action at the July 2012 meeting to approve revisions to the process for the review and revision of the TEKS. In February 2013, the board approved changes to their operating rules and directed staff to update the process for review and revision of the TEKS to align with changes to their operating rules. The revised process is being used for the review and revision of the languages other than English (LOTE) TEKS. At the September 2013 SBOE meeting, the Committee of the Full Board heard invited testimony from the LOTE TEKS expert reviewers and representatives from each of the LOTE TEKS review committee. At the January 2014 meeting, the SBOE approved for first reading and filing authorization proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: Applications for appointment to LOTE TEKS review committees were accepted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from December 2012 to January 2013. Applications received were provided to SBOE members at the January 2013 meeting so that board members could complete their nominations. Nominations for LOTE TEKS review committee members and appointments of expert reviewers were made in May 2013.

The LOTE TEKS review committees convened in Austin in June 2013 to begin work on draft recommendations for revisions to the TEKS. Expert reviewers provided their initial feedback on the current LOTE TEKS to the SBOE in August 2013. Also in August 2013, the TEKS review committees met again to complete their initial draft recommendations. In September 2013, the first draft recommendations were provided to the board and to the board-appointed expert reviewers and posted to the TEA website for informal public feedback. During the September 2013 SBOE meeting, two expert reviewers and one representative from each LOTE TEKS review committee presented invited testimony to the Committee of the Full Board. The TEKS review committees met again in October 2013 in order to review feedback and finalize their recommendations for revisions to the TEKS. At the November 2013 meeting, the SBOE postponed a discussion item regarding proposed revisions to the LOTE TEKS until the January 2014 meeting when the SBOE could consider the item for first reading and filing authorization. Proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114 were approved for first reading and filing authorization at the January 2014 meeting.

The SBOE is scheduled to begin the review and revision of the CTE TEKS in spring 2014. Applications for appointment to CTE TEKS review committees were requested through information posted to the TEA website in October 2013 and accepted through January 10, 2014. The applications received were provided to SBOE members at the January 2014 meeting so that members could begin nominating individuals to serve on these committees. The board decided not to appoint expert reviewers for the CTE review and revision, and will follow a similar process for soliciting expert feedback as it followed for the 2009 CTE TEKS revision.

FISCAL IMPACT: There will be normal business costs associated with this process for the agency, including staff and committee travel, meeting accommodations, and production and dissemination of documents.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Benefits include better alignment of the TEKS and coordination of the standards with the adoption of instructional materials.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES:  Proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, and Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses, are presented for second reading and final adoption as a separate item in this agenda.

An action item regarding the charge to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) review committees is presented as a separate item in this agenda.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

Shelly Ramos, Managing Director
Curriculum

Attachment:
Statutory Citations (PDF, 214KB)