November 2019 Committee of the Full Board Item 5

Ratification of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Coverage in Materials Submitted for the Texas Resource Review


November 15, 2019

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

SUMMARY:  This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to ratify the report from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) review committees regarding materials that were submitted for the Texas Resource Review. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the coverage of the TEKS and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.081 and §31.082.

TEC, §31.081(a) requires the commissioner to develop and maintain a web portal to assist school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in selecting instructional materials.

TEC, §31.082(a) requires the commissioner to contract with a private entity to conduct an independent analysis of each instructional material submitted by a publisher for inclusion in the web portal developed under §31.081.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION:  The SBOE received an update at the September 2019 meeting on the Texas Resource Review.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION:  The commissioner of education is required to develop and maintain a web portal that includes general information for each material submitted for review, evaluation of the quality of the material and the extent to which it covers the TEKS, and a repository of open educational resources, including state-developed materials; create procedures for submitting materials to the web portal; use a competitive process to contract for the development of the portal; and contract with a private entity to conduct an independent analysis of materials submitted for review.

The goal of the TRR portal is to provide free, transparent, and user-friendly information about the extent to which materials reflect research-based pedagogy and support the learning of all students.

PUBLIC BENEFIT AND COST TO PERSONS:  School districts and charter schools will have additional information to assist with decisions regarding selection of instructional materials based on local needs.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Ratify the report of the commissioner of education regarding TEKS and ELPS alignment in instructional materials submitted to Texas Resource Review.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services
Kelly Callaway, Senior Director, Instructional Materials
Kristen Dobson, Associate Commissioner, Product Strategy

Attachment:    Texas Resource Review State Review Panel Error and Comment Report 

Separate Exhibit:    Report of the commissioner of education regarding TEKS and ELPS alignment in instructional materials submitted to Texas Resource Review