July 17, 2013
To the Administrator Addressed:
SUBJECT: Continuation of Texas SUCCESS - Student Success Initiative Online Reading and Math Resources
The purpose of this letter is to inform school districts and open-enrollment charter schools that the existing online mathematics and reading resources currently available through TEA's Texas SUCCESS (Students Using Curriculum Content to Ensure Sustained Success) initiative will be continued for the 2013-2014 school year. These resources were initially made available to students, parents, and teachers beginning August 24, 2012. Throughout this first year of implementation, many districts have indicated that these resources have proven valuable.
Texas SUCCESS is designed to provide Texas public school students withaccess to interactive math and reading programs in grades 3-8 under the Student Success Initiative (SSI). The interactive online math and reading programs are currently provided by:
- Think Through Math, which provides an online interactive math program including live bilingual tutors to engage and assist students as they work to strengthen their math skills and deepen their understanding of math concepts.
- Istation, which provides an online interactive reading program consisting of engaging, interactive content in a game-like format.
These online programs support students at all skill levels and, more importantly, encourage and enable progress and achievement as students move through the activities and curriculum. Each program assesses an individual student according to his/her skill level and then automatically assigns and delivers appropriate curriculum tailored to that student's abilities. Meaningful reporting tools available through both programs inform teachers and parents when an intervention is needed or confirm that the student is on the right path. With free, 24/7 access to these online adaptive programs at school and at home, teachers, students and parents are equipped with the necessary tools to build confidence and promote academic success.
TEA's designated SSI Support Center at Region 20 Education Service Center has established a single web portal from which students, parents, and schools may access resources from both Texas SUCCESS providers. A series of webinars, presentations, and toolkits are available in the Support section of the website to acquaint educators and other stakeholders with the various components of these online resources and provide information on the enrollment process. The SSI Support Center will continue to work with districts and both Texas SUCCESS providers and share materials that can be sent home to parents informing them of the online resources and instructions on how to access the resources from home.
Information about other related SSI components will be provided in subsequent To the Administrator Addressed letters.
For additional information and to sign up for these resources, visitwww.texassuccess.org.To contact the SSI Support Center firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877.315.4918 (toll free).
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