Mathematics

This page provides information on topics such as curriculum, assessment and rules. We welcome any suggestions to improve this page for individuals working to provide high quality math programs for students. Join the mathematics mailing list and receive updates as information becomes available. 

The Curriculum Division mathematics team provides direction and leadership to the mathematics programs, Kindergarten through grade 12.  

The mathematics staff does the following:

  • Assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for mathematics
  • Oversees the development and management of state-funded professional development programs
  • Collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in the development of state mathematics assessments
  • Assists the Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology (IMET) in overseeing the textbook adoption process for K-12 mathematics instructional materials
  • Reviews state certifications related to mathematics with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)

The mathematics team provides ongoing communication with the field related to mathematics curriculum and graduation requirements in Chapter 74.

Announcements

Resources for the Mathematics TEKS Webpage

The Resources for the Mathematics TEKS webpage provides resources to assist parents and teachers in the transition to the revised mathematics TEKS for K-8, which were implemented in 2014-2015.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The awards were established by Congress in 1983. The National Science Foundation, under the direction of the White House, approves the Texas candidates for the national award. If selected as an awardee, the applicant will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. for ceremonies that include recognition from the President of the United States. For more information, please visit www.paemst.org.

In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by October 26, 2020, will receive 25 CPE hours. For questions, contact your Texas State PAEMST Coordinators at tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov.

Reviewer Application Window for the 2020 PAEMST Competition is Open

The TEA is looking for experts in math education to review and evaluate applications for the 2020 PAEMST competition. This year’s competition is for kindergarten through grade 6 teachers. Applications are due on or before Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

2020 PAEMST Reviewer Application (PDF, 1,105KB)

PAEMST Mentors

The TEA is looking for experts in math education to serve as PAEMST mentors to applicants. Teachers complete the application online, which includes a written narrative and a video of a lesson. To learn more about the application process or to view the application packet, visit the PAEMST website at www.paemst.org.

Mentors may be asked to coach up to three applicants for the award. This could include assisting applicants with videotaping, answering questions, or reviewing/editing the narrative component of the application. Mentoring can be face-to-face, by phone, via email, or by another method determined by the mentor and applicant.

Training and materials will be provided to assist mentors as well as help provide consistency in each mentorship. Educators who would like to participate should email the Texas State Coordinators at tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov.  

PAEMST National Awardees Announced for Math

Wanda Streepey was selected as a 2017 mathematics PAEMST national awardee. Ms. Streepey teaches grade 7 accelerated math at Highland Park Middle School in Highland Park ISD in Dallas, TX. Additional information on the announcement for Ms. Streepey is available on the PAEMST website (outside source).

Angelica Niño was selected as a 2018 mathematics PAEMST national awardee. At the time of the award, Ms. Niño taught grade 3 bilingual math and science at De Zavala Elementary School in San Antonio ISD in San Antonio, TX. She currently teaches in Waller ISD. Additional information on the announcement for Ms. Niño is available on the PAEMST website (outside source). 

PAEMST Texas State Finalists for 2019

The 2019 competition recognizes grades 7-12 mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. The Texas state finalists were recognized in January 2020 at the Texas State Board of Education meeting. The Texas state finalists in secondary mathematics are listed below:

  • Amy Edmondson teaches grade 7 mathematics at Willow Wood Junior High School in Tomball ISD in Tomball, TX. 
  • Bridget Matamoros teaches AP Statistics at John H. Guyer High School in Denton ISD in Denton, TX.
  • Brent Voorhees teaches Precalculus at Skyline High School in Dallas ISD in Dallas, TX.

Professional Development

Several statewide mathematics professional development courses are currently available face-to-face at your ESC and online through the Texas Math Support Center. New courses will be available soon. For details on available courses and how to access them, contact your ESC, visit the Texas Algebra Ready website, or visit http://texasmathsupportcenter.org.

Related Links

The resources below address various topics related to teacher assignments, the standards, and instructional materials.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics 19 TAC Chapter 111

    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Chapter 111. Mathematics (Matemáticas)-Kindergarten - Grade 5, Adopted 2012. (PDF, 783KB)

      Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Chapter 111. Mathematics (Matemáticas)-Grade 6, Adopted 2012. (PDF, 622KB)

        Proclamation 2014 (Adopted Instructional Material Grades K-8)  

        Proclamation 2015 (Adopted Instructional Material High School Courses)

        Open Source Materials

        Teacher Certification Assignment Chart

        Texas Gateway (outside source)

        Career and College Readiness Standards (outside source)

        Mathematics and Reading Academies

        Awards

        The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers.  

        Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (outside source)

        Assessment Links

        The following links provide support from the Student Assessment Division.

        STAAR Resources

        Calculator Policy

        Student Assessment Division

        Assessments for Students with Disabilities

         

        Response to Intervention Materials (RtI)

        The following links provide free resources for Texas teachers to assist students in all tiers of the RtI framework.

        ESTAR/MSTAR (outside source)

        Texas Algebra Ready (TXAR) Initiative (outside source) 

        Texas Regional Collaboratives (outside source):  The Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC) support a network of K-16 partnerships to provide high-quality, sustained, and intensive teacher mentoring focused on strengthening science and mathematics content and pedagogy. This infrastructure of over 56 institutions of higher education collaborates with the Texas Education Agency, education service centers, school districts, and business partners. The TRC has an 18-year track record of designing and implementing exemplary professional development using research-based instructional models, materials, and best practices. Visit the TRC to receive the latest information about science professional development.

         

        Other Resources

        The following documents are provided to assist math teachers in the planning process.

        Supporting Information (outside source)  

        Teacher2Teacher Math Videos (outside source) 

        Interactive Mathematics Glossary (outside source)  

        Revised Mathematics TEKS: Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison (outside source) 

        Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points, Revised 2013 (outside source) 

        Vertical Alignment Charts (outside source)