TEA News and Updates
Streamlined Science TEKS Now Effective: The streamlined science TEKS for K-8 science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) are now effective and will be assessed on the grades 5 and 8 STAAR and the Biology End-of-Course exam beginning in December of 2018 and thereafter. The streamlined TEKS can be found in the Texas Administrative Code at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/
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.
TEA Science Safety Online Courses -3 hours CTE credit
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Pedigrees-Explore autosomal recessive trait and X-linked recessive trait tracking in pedigrees at