April 2014 Committee of the Full Board Wednesday Item 9

Charge to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review Committees

April 11, 2014

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY:
This item provides the opportunity for the SBOE to consider changes to step six in the Process for Review and Revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Changes to the process would include a requirement that TEKS review committees consider the amount of time it would take to ensure a student has developed mastery of all of the student expectations in a subject for a given grade level or course. Other steps in the process will be discussed in a separate item in this agenda.

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

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 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. The fine arts TEKS were amended to be effective July 28, 2013. 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.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The SBOE is scheduled to begin the review and revision of the CTE TEKS in June 2014. Applications for appointment to CTE TEKS review committees were provided to SBOE members at the January 2014 meeting. Nominations to CTE TEKS review committees are expected to be finalized this spring. 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 to ensure a student has developed mastery of all of the student expectations in a subject for a given grade level or course in the time available.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: The following are presented as separate items in this agenda:

• 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, are presented to the Committee of the Full Board for second reading and final adoption

• An update regarding the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review is presented to the Committee of the Full Board for discussion

• A discussion item regarding streamlining the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills is presented to the Committee on Instruction

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

Shelly Ramos, Managing Director
Curriculum

Attachment:
Statutory Citations (PDF, 214KB)