Academics

New Math Standards Overview

In 2012, the State Board of Education approved revisions for the mathematics standards to be fully implemented in Kindergarten through Grade 8 in 2014-15 and high school in 2015-2016.  Due to these changes, CISD began aligning these new standards and transitioning to teaching these revised TEKS (standards) starting in the 2013-14 school year.  Due to the date of adoption at the state level, the new standards are commonly referred to as Revised (2012) TEKS.
 
The Revised (2012) TEKS will affect all grade levels, Kindergarten through Pre-Calculus. At every grade level, previous TEKS have shifted down to lower grades and newly written TEKS were added. However, the learners in 6th grade in 2013-14 first felt the greatest impact of the changes with 55% of the standards being new to that grade level. CISD has taken measures to help support these learners through the transition and also prepare them for the required standards starting in 2014.
 
Please take a few minutes to watch the following video of Kay Neuse, previous K12 Math Director, explain in detail the changes happening in Math K-12. There are 7 short video clips for a total time of 16 minutes. 

Video Clips: New Math TEKS for 2014-15

General Questions

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 in Grades 3 - 8 & Algebra I.

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, Revised (2012) 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 began teaching the Revised (2012) TEKS to cover anticipated 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 Revised (2012) Math TEKS take full affect and STAAR exam will test these standards.

What is the definition of a Pre-AP/AP course?
  • What should be happening in a Pre-AP Mathematics course?
    • Mathematical processes as well as product should be emphasized in instruction and assessment
    • Mathematics should be arranged around a concept 
  • How do you create a AP learning environment?
    • Thinking mathematically
    • Identifying and generalize patterns
    • Deducing relationships
    • Looking below the surface: Identifying common structures
    • Crating more opportunities for students to reason mathematically
    • Sequencing Problems and activities
    • Talking mathematically
    • Focus on problem interpretation and clarification
    • Focus on mathematical concepts
    • Developing listening and writing skills

What is the definition of Acceleration? Combining learning standards from multiple grades into one grade level. Acceleration is not a component of a Pre-AP course as defined by CollegeBoard.
 
What is the definition of Enrichment? Taking standards assigned to a grade level and changing the depth and complexity of the study. "...CollegeBoard recommends the adoption of more comprehensive Pre-AP programs that work across grade levels and subject areas to prepare the full diversity of a school's student population for AP and college."
 
How do these standards compare to other states?The Revised (2012) Math TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) align more closely with what most other states require. However, the difficulty is that the curriculum requires the same amount of depth of material, but adds more breadth to be taught in the same amount of time.


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.

 

Specific Grade Level Questions

How did the 6th grade math curriculum change? 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 students take Algebra I in 8th grade for High School credit? Yes, learners will have the opportunity to earn High School credit for Algebra I if successfully completed in 8th grade.


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.

 
What are other school districts offering for middle school math? Many school districts in the area offer a 7th grade accelerated math course, compacting 7th & 8th grade TEKS. A few districts require a qualifying test for top math students to take an accelerated course or for 8th grade students to take Algebra I. A handful of districts offer 6th grade Pre-AP courses. Many school districts have not determined how their math courses will change with the implementation of the new TEKS in 2014-15.

 

 

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