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TEA Updates
Spring 2018
Jo Ann Bilderback, Director of Mathematics, Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division

1. Instructional Resources on the Texas Gateway (www.texasgateway.org) - New instructional resources have been
added to the Texas Gateway in the past year. These items include
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updates to the Supporting Information documents,
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Teacher2Teacher videos, and
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Open-Source Instructional Materials for high school courses.
2. Mathematics Achievement Academies - The 84th Texas Legislature (2015) established mathematics and reading
academies for teachers. Funding for the academies was extended by the 85th Texas Legislature (2017) for the 20172018 and 2018-2019 school years. Teachers at eligible campuses who provide classroom instruction to students at the
relevant grades will be eligible to attend an academy. This includes special education, bilingual, and ESL teachers. State
law requires TEA to grant priority for academy participation to teachers at campuses with 50% or more educationally
disadvantaged students. TEA plans to extend academy participation opportunities to campuses not currently on the
eligible campus list in the near future.
3. ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments - The ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners are a
formative assessment system administered to students in grades 2-8 to support instructional decisions. The content of
the screeners is based on algebra-readiness skills as identified in the Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points. The
results can help teachers identify if students are at-risk for algebra readiness. The spring window for the Universal
Screeners is April 23, 2018 - May 18, 2018.
The ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments are designed to follow the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener for students
who have been identified as at-risk for algebra readiness. A Diagnostic Assessment is administered to identify why a
student is struggling with algebra-related instruction and provides information that can be used to plan supplemental
instruction. The spring window for the Diagnostic Assessments is April 30, 2018 - May 25, 2018.
ESTAR/MSTAR training modules are available at http://texasmathsupportcenter.org/. For technical assistance with the
ESTAR/MSTAR assessment system, contact the help desk at mathtx@esc13.net or by phone at 1-855-462-8489 (toll free).
4. Interim Assessments - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created free, optional online interim assessments that
align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The STAAR Interim Assessments are a TEA-provided tool
to help educators tailor instructional practice to address students' needs. These assessments will be available at no cost
to districts, and they are not tied to accountability. Additional information about interim assessments can be found at
https://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/IA/.
5. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) - The National Science
Foundation, under the direction of the White House, approves the Texas candidates as finalists for the national PAEMST
award. If chosen, the awardee will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D. C. to attend recognition events, a
certificate signed by the President of the United States, and a $10,000 cash award from the National Science Foundation.
The 2018 competition is open to teachers who teach math or science in grades K-6. Teachers can sign up to apply or be
nominated now through April 1, 2018. Applications are due by May 1, 2018. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a
completed application by the deadline will earn 25 hours of CPE credit. To sign up, apply, or find information about the
awards, teachers can visit www.paemst.org. In Texas, questions can be sent to tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov.

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