AUSTIN – Commissioner of
Education Michael Williams announced today that Project Share, the Texas
Education Agency’s online learning community, has surpassed three million
in 2009 as a small collection of professional development resources for Texas
educators, the Web portal has rapidly expanded to become an online ecosystem
for teachers and students alike to access student resources, professional
development courses, academic networking and professional learning communities.
Share is already an important resource for more than three million Texas
teachers and students,” said Commissioner Williams. “The continued growth of Project
Share subscribers reflects that our school districts are utilizing this online
tool to help students advance their learning potential.”
Share now boasts more than 100 online professional development courses, more
than 70 collections in Texas Education on iTunes U, career and technical
education (CTE) professional development courses for mathematics and science,
recently updated OnTRACK lessons for students, the ESTAR/MSTAR formative
assessment systems and the TxAIR math and science items repository. All
resources are provided at no cost to all public K-12 districts and
open-enrollment charter schools.
teachers are leveraging Project Share resources to increase students’ algebra
readiness knowledge and skills at the elementary and middle school levels. Two
programs that have seen sharp increases in enrollment are the Elementary School
Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) and the Middle School Students in
Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screener and the MSTAR Diagnostic
Assessment. The results from the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener and the MSTAR
Diagnostic Assessment help teachers identify and support students in need of
additional algebra-related instruction, making them better prepared for crucial
end-of-course (EOC) exams.
Share also continues to see accelerated growth in its OnTRACK Lessons enrollment.
While the lessons’ primary purpose is to supplement classroom instruction, districts
report using the lessons for after-school, summer school and tutoring programs.
The lessons are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and
provide engaging content for additional practice, extensions, intervention and acceleration.
of February 2014, nearly 120,000 students and more than 40,000 educators are
enrolled in the OnTRACK Lessons—including more than 20,000 students in Biology,
nearly 18,000 students in Algebra I and more than 13,000 students in English I.
additions to Project Share will soon be available. Beginning this summer, a
series of writing professional development resources will be shared with all
secondary teachers at no cost. Resources will include a series of facilitated
online courses, writing activities for English, math, science, and social
studies classrooms, and interactives for students. Developers are also working
with school districts prior to the start of the 2014-2015 year to enhance the
authentication system and simplify the processes for account provisioning and
To learn more about the Texas
Education Agency’s Project Share, visit the Project Share Gateway at www.projectsharetexas.org.