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This page provides information on topics such as curriculum, assessment, rules, and professional development. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this page for individuals working to provide high quality science programs for students. Join the science mailing list to receive updates as information becomes available.
The Division of Curriculum Standards and Student Support science team provides direction and leadership to Kindergarten (K) through grade 12 science educators in Texas. The science staff does the following:
- Assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science
- Facilitates the development and management of state-funded professional development programs
- Collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in the development of state science assessments
- Assists the Division of Instructional Materials in overseeing the adoption process for grades K-12 science instructional materials
- Reviews state certifications related to science
- In addition, the science staff coordinates the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC), National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
- Science staff also provides on-going communication with the field related to science curriculum and graduation requirements found in Texas Administrative Code (TAC).
The State Board of Education (SBOE) gave final approval on April 21, 2017 to the streamlined science TEKS for K-8 science and four high school science courses. The streamlined TEKS are now implemented. The link to the streamlined science TEKS can be found on Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 2.
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.
The current cycle is for teachers of grade 7 through 12. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by the PAEMST deadline, will receive 25 CPE hours.
THE NOMINATION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN
For more information, please visit Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Texas needs you. If you are ineligible to apply but have the experience and interest to help out, you can become a reviewer or a mentor. Reviewers typically see about five applications from the best math, science, engineering, and computer science teachers around the state. Mentors typically support two or three of these teachers. Training is available for both positions.
Contact Texas State PAEMST Coordinators
If you are interested in helping out for the 2022-2023 review cycle, or have any other questions please contact your Texas State PAEMST Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAEMST National Awardees Announced for Science
Lori Garrettwas selected as a 2020 science PAEMST national awardee. Mrs. Garrett teaches pre-kindergarten through grade 4 / science & enrichment at Cactus Elementary School in Dumas ISD, Cactus, TX. Additional information on the announcement for Mrs. Garrett is available on her PAEMST website profile (outside source).
PAEMST Texas State Finalists for 2021
The 2020 competition recognizes grades 7 through 12 mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. The Texas state finalists were recognized in September 2021 at the Texas State Board of Education meeting and are listed below:
- Fatimah Aboueisha teaches Pre-AP Biology and Biology at Brandeis High School in the Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX
- William Crump teaches Pre-AP and STEM Chemistry at Colleyville Heritage High School in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Colleyville, TX
- Michelle Jedlicka teaches Physic 1 and AP Physics C at A&M Consolidated High School in the College Station ISD, College Station, TX
PAEMST Texas State Finalists for 2022
The 2022 competition recognizes kindergarten through grade 6 mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. The Texas state finalists in elementary science are listed below:
- Denise Carvin teaches grade 1 at Radiant STEM Academy in Irving, TX.
- Cheri Palmer teaches grade 5 science at iUniversity Prep in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in Grapevine, TX.
- Shatara White teaches grade 6 advanced placement science classes at Tomball Intermediate School in Tomball ISD in Tomball, TX.
Statewide professional development opportunities on science topics are available now at regional education service centers (ESCs) and through the Texas Gateway.
Contact the science specialist at your regional ESC for upcoming professional development opportunities.
Professional development opportunities are available through the statewide network of TEEAC Providers.
This network of universities, state agencies, museums, and nature centers helps ensure that teacher professional development offered by formal and non-formal providers is educationally sound and consistent with the TEKS.
The resources below address various topics related to the science standards, awards, and organizations.
- Science TEKS, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 112, effective 2018-2019
- Grades K-5 Science TEKS (PDF, 122KB)
- Grade 6 Science TEKS (PDF, 26.76KB)
- Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC)
- Texas Gateway (outside source)
- Request for Reduction of Required Curriculum
- Benchmarks for Science Literacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside source)
- National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (outside source)
- National Youth Science Camp (outside source)
- Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (outside source)
- Science for All Americans, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside source)
- Science Professional Organizations (PDF, 18KB)
The following documents are provided as a reference for science teachers.
- Data and Research (PDF, 90KB)
- Laboratory and Field Investigations – FAQ, August 2010 (PDF, 203KB)
- Chemical Safety 2016 (PDF, 265KB)
- Safety Information and Resources (PDF, 227KB)
- Texas Education Agency Safety Laws and Rules (PDF, 222KB)
- Texas Education Agency Science Facilities Best Practices (PDF, 38MB)
- Texas Education Agency Texas Safety Standards (PDF, 20MB)
- Facilities Funding and Standards