TEA Science News and Updates

TEA News and Updates

 

Calculators--NEW for 2018! 8th Science students may use calculators on the 8th Science STAAR. Click here for the calculator policy. Districts must ensure that students have access to a calculator with four-function, scientific, or graphing capability when taking the STAAR grade 8 science assessments. There should be at least one calculator for every five students taking the assessments (both paper and online versions). If calculators are shared during the test, the calculator memory must be cleared after each student uses it. Districts may satisfy this requirement by providing students with either of the following two types of calculating devices—a handheld calculator or a calculator application.

 

Streamlined Science TEKS

Please click to access the FINAL Streamlined TEKS voted on and approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The streamlined TEKS will be implemented the 18-19 school year. It is mandated by state law to continue to teach the current standards during 17-18. Sessions will offered in 2018 to prepare teachers for the changes.

 

TEA Science Safety Online Courses -3 hours CTE credit

Science Safety for Elementary School

Science Safety for Middle School

Science Safety for High School

 

Texas Gateway Resources- www.texasgateway.org

A gateway to the resources you need. For your classroom. For yourself. Gain instant access to the content you seek, whether you are looking for “just-in-time” resources that you can leverage during a particular lesson, sequenced binders of instruction that you can assign to students, or self-directed PD training courses that you can take to earn CPE credit hours. This is the gateway to the content you need for your classroom and for yourself, even as these needs shift from day to day.

 

Informational Video about what is offered: https://www.texasgateway.org/about

 

Biology, Physics, and Chemistry Free Resources from TEA

 

OpenStax Open-Source Instructional Materials-OpenStax (Rice University) open-source instructional materials are available at                            

http://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Instructional_Materials/Open-Source_Instructional_Materials/. The products are organized into units and chapters and can be used like traditional textbooks as the entire syllabus for a course. OpenStax open-source instructional materials will be fully available in September. For assistance in locating sample materials, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or instructionalmaterials@tea.texas.gov.

 

Study Edge Open-Source Instructional Materials-Study Edge open-source instructional materials are available on the Texas Gateway. Materials are available for Precalculus and Statistics as well as Chemistry and Physics. The products created by Study Edge are delivered in short videos with master teachers presenting the material. The videos can be used to teach an entire course or as supplemental material to help students be more successful in these challenging courses. For more information about Study Edge open-source materials available through TEA, visit https://www.texasgateway.org/node/227231. For additional assistance, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or instuctionalmaterials@tea.texas.gov.

 

 

Texas Education on iTunes U- New Amoeba Sisters Science Videos on Texas Education on iTunes U  (also available on the Texas Gateway)

 

Classification-Explore classification hierarchy—domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species—with the Amoeba Sisters at

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/classification/id1079969478?i=1000383277517&mt=2.

Pedigrees-Explore autosomal recessive trait and X-linked recessive trait tracking in pedigrees at

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pedigrees/id1023012796?i=1000382413489&mt=2.