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TEA Science News and Updates

TEA News and Updates

STAAR Released 2019 Assessments now available

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 The streamlined TEKS in Spanish are available at


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-

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:


Biology, Physics, and Chemistry Free Resources from TEA


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


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 For additional assistance, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or



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