Spring 2021
Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative
Hello, spring! We are all ready to see green grass, trees, and plants blooming, and of course, new beginnings. TEKS Resource System is here to support you with new ways to interact with and navigate our system, additional resources and always, updated documents!  

With summer around the corner, please begin your registration for the summer TEKS Con 2021 Conference! Our goal is to provide a face-to-face conference, but we will also offer a hybrid model. You can find information about registration, hotels, and our Keynote Speaker, Gerry Brooks, on our site. Also, review the Presenters Application. There are so many outstanding educators across this vast state; apply to share your ideas and wisdom and collaborate with others! We want to see everyone in San Antonio on July 27-29, 2021.  

With only a few months left in this school year, think about how you have adapted, adjusted, and provided new learning methods for your students. Of course, everyone is thinking about STAAR, EOC assessments, and how to prepare for learning loss with a new school year ahead. Remember, you are the Educators who stepped up to the plate when Covid 19 started, and you did what you do best. Let us continue to be your partner! Together we CAN!  

Have a wonderful spring, and see you in San Antonio!

Ann Graves
Director TEKS Resource System
July 27 - 29
San Antonio, Texas
Thank you, teachers and leaders, for your brilliance and resilience during this challenging year. You are an inspiration and we’re proud to be your partner. Please see our message of appreciation for your hard work below.
New STAAR Item Types
Coming in 2022-2023
Limit of 75% multiple-choice on STAAR operational in 2022-2023
HB 3906 establishes a cap so that no more than 75 percent of any State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test can be multiple choice. This takes effect for all STAAR tests by the 2022–2023 school year to align with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) 's legislative requirement to develop a plan to move to a full electronic administration by 2022–2023. Electronic assessments will potentially allow for a greater variety of test questions. The new cap on multiple-choice questions will require changes to the design of the state assessments. Educators began providing input during summer 2019 to help inform the new design.
TEA is developing new types of questions and will continue to seek feedback from educators through various focus groups before field testing the new question types.
NEW Resources Coming Soon
This resource aims to address potential gaps from unfinished learning to maximize current grade-level learning and enhance the planning process. When used in conjunction with the Instructional Focus Documents (IFD), this resource provides a big picture of the unit in relation to the grade level unit understandings, concepts, and focal points. See Math Update below to learn more!
Teachers struggling to teach all subjects? Choosing text that addresses other concepts? Use these new documents to help teachers find cross-curricular connections. Help them work smarter, not harder.  

Coming this summer to the TEKS Resource System Resources folder.

Content Updates
ELAR Update
Recently Published
  • Resource: K-12 Backward Design Documents – 2nd semester
  • Resource: Grades 2-English IV TEKS Resource System Assessment Creator Passages by Unit
Coming Soon
  • Resource: K-12 Backward Design Documents – 1st semester
 Upcoming Project
  • Assessment: K-12 Formative Assessment Items (will begin rolling out this summer!)
Mathematics Update
Hello teachers! First, we want to thank you for your diligence in the field working with the students in Texas. You are very appreciated!

Recently, we have had numerous requests asking for a resource in mathematics to assist in addressing unfinished learning. So, the TEKS Resource System Mathematics team has been working for you behind the scenes creating a new resource titled:

Instructional Considerations to Activate Purposeful Planning (ICAPP): Addressing the Gaps from Unfinished Learning to Maximize Current Grade Level Learning

The purpose of this resource is to address potential gaps from unfinished learning in order to maximize current grade-level learning and enhance the planning process. When used in conjunction with the Instructional Focus Documents (IFD), this resource provides a big picture of the unit in relation to the grade level unit understandings, concepts, and focal points. This resource also provides a snapshot of the bundled standards aligned with each Performance Assessment (PA) and the vertically aligned essential building blocks from previous grade levels and/or previous units that support current expectations. Analyzing prior knowledge expectations allows teachers to target instruction that moves students forward in learning while addressing possible unfinished learning and/or clarifying misconceptions in order to improve and reinforce student learning.
These new ICAPP resources will be released in middle-late May 2021, and will be accessed as a link in your grade level IFDs or as a resource in the system. Please note, this resource will replace the Mathematics COVID-19 GAP Implementation resources in the system. 

Strategic spiraling will be critical next year. We have provided year-long spiraling suggestions for each grade level indicating spiraling suggestions prior to a unit of instruction and after a unit of instruction. 

The TEKS Resource System Mathematics team hopes you will find the upcoming ICAPP resource to be your new favorite resource. Please note, your local ESC will be providing training on how to use the new ICAPP resource effectively. 
Science Update
Biology Systems YAGs – Macro-Micro and Micro-Macro
  • DRAFT 2021-2022 Biology Systems YAGs – Posted in the Resource Section – Moved Cell Cycle, causing other units to shift
  • Teaching Cellular Processes for Homeostasis and Cellular Processes for Energy prior to Cell Cycle
  • Review the Draft YAGs and submit feedback
  • More NEW Formative Assessment Items being added – Grades 6-8
  • Currently calibrating the formatting of all Assessment Items for consistency.
  • Vocabulary Cards – Coming soon
Forensic Science
  • Continuous additions of NEW Assessment Items will be added to the Assessment Center for the 2020-2021 school year.
Science Specialist and New K-12 Science Development Contractors, including CTE
  • Beginning Spring/Summer 2021 – Keep an eye on the ESC 13 website for upcoming full-time and contract employment opportunities.
Science TEKS Review and Revision
  • At the November 2020 meeting, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved NEW Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the following four High School courses: Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), and Physics.
  • The recently adopted High School Science TEKS are scheduled for implementation beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. A copy of the new TEKS can be found here. Please note that the document reflects what the SBOE approved for the second reading, and the final adoption is still subject to technical edits by Texas Register editors. Once the new TEKS have been filed with the Texas Register, the TEKS will become effective after 20 days and be available in Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 112, Subchapter C, with “Adopted 2020” in the title. Please note that the “effective” date and “implementation” date are not the same.
  • The SBOE’s TEKS review process for Kindergarten-Grade 8 and additional High School Science courses is still underway.
  • The TEKS review and revision follows a process that will consist of multiple steps and involve a number of stakeholders. However, due to the pandemic, TEA has elected to exclude the process of ESCs collecting and coordinating feedback from regional districts at this time.
  • VOICE Your Opinion: Follow the instructions on the following page(s) to submit feedback to TEA regarding workgroup recommendations.
  • Science TEKS Review
  • Science TEKS Review Work Group Drafts
  • Work Group C Draft – Grades 6-8 – Posted for review and feedback
  • Work Group D Draft – Other High School Courses – Posted for review and feedback
  • Work Group E – Kindergarten-Grades 5 – In progress
  • Work Group “?” – CTE Courses for Science Credit – Coming soon
  • TEA is still accepting applications, and CTE should apply in the applications for the Science TEKS review and indicate CTE as their course preference.
  • Science K-12 is currently planned to be part of Proclamation 2023. The new Science TEKS are currently scheduled to be implemented in 2023-2024.
  • K-8 new Science TEKS will not be adopted until September 2021 due to delays from the pandemic. (It typically takes ~16 months for new TEKS development, but Science is taking ~23 months.)
  • The new Science TEKS are currently scheduled to be implemented for the 2023-2024 school year. The SBOE may consider delaying implementation until 2024-2025 to align with the adoption of new science materials. A decision will be made at the April SBOE meeting.
  • Follow the progress on the Science TEKS Review page at TEA.
  • Questions regarding the application process or TEKS review process may be sent via email to teks@tea.texas.gov.
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Social Studies Update
  • All streamlining for social studies has been completed with publishing elementary curriculum and assessment. All the standards in the system reflect streamlining. Tweaks to assessment items, curricular units, and resources like the Backward Design docs have been made to reflect streamlining changes.
  • All PAs have been reviewed, and a few have been revised. All PAs now have single-point rubrics. See the TRS Social Studies Blog entry “Introducing the Single-Point Rubric” at https://teksrusss.edublogs.org/.
  • STAAR Analysis updated with 2019 items with analysis for Grade 8 and US History
  • With the cancellation of STAAR last year, there will be no update for 2020-21
  • STAAR Blueprint and Item Percentages updated with 2019 data
  • New formative items with a focus on vocabulary are being introduced monthly by grade level. Grades 6, 7, and 8 are live as well as high school World Geography, World History, and US History
  • Each secondary grade level now has a resource titled “Learning Goals Planning Tool” that helps break down unit understandings into learning goals that serve as an instructional guide for lesson building.
  • Vocabulary flashcards are now available K-12.
  • Gap Tool for Grade 1-12 demonstrating possible unfinished learning from the previous year due to COVID-19 disruptions.
  • Mental Mapping resource suggesting ways to integrating mental mapping.
  • Celebrate Freedom and Other Mandatory Observances resource now includes Holocaust Remembrance Week.
  • NCSS Notable Trade Books for Young People resource updated with 2020 trade books.
  • Thinking Like a Historian Resource for all grade levels includes a vertical alignment of K-12 social studies processes with supports for the Thinking Like a Historian unit in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11
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  • The State Board of Education April hearing will determine if the revision process for social studies TEKS will be moved from 2023 to this year. We will track this decision and adjust our development accordingly.
  • The national CivXNow coalition released the Educating for American Democracy roadmap. The roadmap suggests a series of driving and guiding questions to integrate into instruction to improve civics learning. The roadmap, a report describing the effort, and a large collection of resources are available at https://www.educatingforamericandemocracy.org/.
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