TEA News Release 2




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April 19, 2013


 SBOE gives preliminary approval to a plan providing more
 math and science options for students and supports anti-voucher resolution 


AUSTIN - In an effort to provide greater flexibility in high school graduation plans, the State Board of Education today tentatively agreed to allow seven additional Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Technology Applications courses to count for math or science credit.

If given final approval at the board’s July meeting, students would be able to earn math credit if they take and pass Robotics Programming and Design; Principles of Engineering; Digital Electronics; or Discrete Mathematics, which currently count as a CTE or Technology Applications credit. Students could earn science credit for Veterinary Medical Applications, Advanced Environmental Technology or Human Body Systems, which are also currently CTE courses, under the plan approved on first reading today.

This would expand the math and science course offerings available to students as early as the 2013-2014 school year if given final approval at the board’s next meeting.

The board gave final approval to revised Fine Arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. These curriculum standards cover music, art, theater and dance.

The board also approved on a 10-5 vote a resolution that calls on the Texas Legislature to “reject all vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits, or any other mechanism that have the effect of reducing funding to public schools or limiting accountability or transparency for public tax dollars.” The resolution, posted online, reflects the names of those members who voted for the resolution.

The board, with two members abstaining, approved another resolution  that “encourages CSCOPE, and any other provider of instructional materials, to participate in the SBOE review process to ensure quality materials are…in our classrooms.”  An ad hoc committee of the board last month began reviewing social studies material contained in CSCOPE, which is a curriculum management system developed by the state’s education service centers.