What are TEKS and standards? The TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) are the state standards for what learners, at each grade level and in each subject, should know and be able to do. The State’s accountability testing system- STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) tests learners on this knowledge.
Why are we making Math changes? In April, 2012, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved revision for the mathematics TEKS to be fully implemented by the 2014-15 school year.
The State Board of Education (SBOE) mandates the curriculum standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) for all schools in Texas. The SBOE “Instructional Review” committee regularly reviews curriculum standards and makes revisions that all schools must implement. The “Instructional Review” committee is comprised of educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers.
For more information about the State Board of Education timeline for the revisions to the Math TEKS go to http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147499971 .
Who will be impacted and when? Changes to the Math curriculum- Kindergarten through Pre-Calculus-will officially be required starting the 2014-15 school year. The greatest impact will be felt at the middle school level—especially 6th grade. Coppell ISD believes it is critical to get a head start in implementing these new standards so students are prepared for the 2014-15 state standards.
How are the Math standards changing? At every grade level, current TEKS have been shifted down to lower grades and newly written TEKS were added which requires new curriculum at each grade level. Click here to view a chart of all grade levels.
What is Coppell ISD doing to prepare for the implementation of the new Math standards?
During the 2012-13 school year, educators and curriculum directors started the curriculum writing process to address these changes and bridge the old TEKS with the new TEKS.
For the 2013-14 school year, educators will be teaching the “new” TEKS so learners do not have any gaps starting in the 2014-15 school year.
While the Math changes affect all grade levels, the impact is the greatest at middle school. This is why specific class offerings have been adjusted to ensure learners are truly learning the Math skills they need to be successful.
In the 2014-15 school year, the new Math TEKS take full affect and STAAR exam will test these standards.
Will there be extra tutoring before and after school available? Each campus assesses the needs of their learners and provides extra support in different ways. This could be extra support during class time or outside of class.
How are the educators being trained to implement this new curriculum? Educators have already been and will continue to participate in specific professional development to help tackle the challenges of the new standards and amount of standards required.
Is our math curriculum aligned K-12th grade? Yes.
Is it beneficial to have homogeneous students in one class? Yes. In general, students on one end of the spectrum process information quickly, but tend to have trouble articulating how they solved the problem. Students on the other end of the spectrum tend to be global thinkers and can explain how they solve problems. It is beneficial for students to work with students who solve problems differently and hear how other students articulate their problem-solving.
How is the 6th grade math curriculum changing? 55% of the 2014-15 TEKS are new to 6th grade—3 come from Algebra I, 5 from 8th grade, 7 from 7th grade and 13 are brand new—never taught before at any grade level. When you compare the number of TEKS for the current standard level 6th grad math course-31, and current Pre-AP/GT-45, the new 2013-14 standards have 58. The 2014-15 standards include all the standards currently taught in Pre-AP/GT plus much more. See visual chart. Another visual chart.
Why is there not an accelerated math option in 6th grade? Consider all 6th grade math classes starting in 2013 to be accelerated. The new 2014-15 standards are in essence accelerating our current accelerated curriculum. With 74% of current 6th graders enrolled in Pre-AP and due to the fact that 55% of the 2014-15 TEKS are new to that grade level and all the TEKS taught currently in the Pre-AP course is included in the new standards—all 6th grade math classes will teach this new accelerated curriculum. When considering what is best for learning, CISD has written a curriculum that all incoming sixth graders will take to ensure they are prepared for the rigor of the new TEKS and will have a successful transition into 7th and 8th grade math.
Will my child be prepared for pre-AP Math in high school? Even though the 6th grade math offering does not have “Pre-AP” in the title, educators will continue to use Pre-AP strategies (suggested by the The College Board) with all learners in their classes. GT learners will also continue to receive specialized support and instruction using GT strategies.
Will my 6th grade GT student still be challenged? Yes. The new 2014-15 standards cover all the current GT math standards in addition to 13 more. The Gifted and Talented classes in Coppell ISD do not just teach more curriculum, they focus on delivering content in a different way and a different pace to fit the learning style of the GT student.