Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New STAAR Mathematics Blueprints for Grades 3 - 8

The following information was announced by TEA Student Assessment Division on November 1, 2016:

Beginning with the assessments administered in spring 2017, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is decreasing the number of test questions on the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments based on the requirements in House Bill (HB) 743.

HB 743 added §39.023 (a-12) to the Texas Education Code, which requires STAAR assessments to be designed so that 85% of students can complete the grades 3–5 assessments within 2 hours and 85% of students can complete the grades 6–8 assessments within 3 hours. To meet legislative requirements for reducing the length of each assessment while maintaining valid and reliable assessments, TEA has decreased the number of test questions on each of the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments. Since the passage of HB 743 in 2015, STAAR test blueprints for grades 3–8 have been reduced by removing from 5 to 14 test items.

In comparison to the 2015 tests, the STAAR grades 3–8 math tests have been shortened by 14 questions each.

In general, the decrease in the number of questions for the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments was spread proportionally across the reporting categories for each test. The change in the number of test questions under each reporting category can be seen in the updated STAAR test blueprints available on the STAAR Resources webpage (http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/). 

Because the blueprint reduction was applied proportionally across each test, the construct of what is assessed has not changed. Therefore, the shortened tests can be equated and scaled using the same performance standards. However, the raw score for each assessment will shift because the total number of test questions has shifted.

In 2017, TEA will resume embedding field-test questions for STAAR grades 3–8. However, the number of embedded field-test questions for mathematics, reading, science, and social studies has also been reduced from 8 to 6 questions. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mathematics TEKS Survey

 The State Board of Education has requested feedback from educators regarding a proposed amendment to the Mathematics TEKS and potential refinement/streamlining/revising of the TEKS.  All mathematics educators in Texas are encouraged to complete the survey linked below by Friday, October 28, 2016.

More information about the State Board of Education recent conversations and testimony can be found on the video linked below.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Call for 2017 Proposals - The 10th Annual Texas STEM Conference

The theme for the 2017 Texas STEM Conference is A Decade of Success in STEM.  The four strands for the conference are: (1) STEM Leadership Blueprint, (2) STEM Best Practices, (3) Technology, and (4) Successful Partnerships.  Sessions include workshops (either 45 or 90 minutes) or a short course (3 hours). 
Speaker proposals are due August 31, 2016. Proposals will be screened and selected by a committee. Online submission is available here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CISD Mathematics Universal Screener: Grades K - 5

*Note: Information related to the 6 - 8 Screeners will be communicated separately.

The information below is specific to the K - 5 Mathematics Universal Screeners.

Universal screeners are assessments administered to all learners to determine as early as possible, which learners are struggling or lacking specific knowledge or skills in a given area.  These screenings should be administered three times per year.

This video will show you how to access all the documents, explain the resources and give you directions on how to prepare for and administer the Universal Screener. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Texas Gateway

In February 2016, the Texas Education Agency announced the new Texas Gateway.

Learn about the Texas Gateway here: http://www.texasgateway.org/about

On the Texas Gateway, you may access the Mathematics TEKS Supporting Information:

Also, the Gateway includes Professional Development opportunities including Response to Intervention (RtI):

In addition, using the Search feature, you may access Lesson Plans, Student Activities, and Assessments.

Finally, you may search by TEKS for content to use with your learners:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CAMT 2017 Speaker Proposals - Due September 1

The Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) is an annual Texas conference for K-12 mathematics teachers.  The three-day conference is conducted each summer, on a rotating basis, in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

The next CAMT will be held in Fort Worth, TX, July 10 - July 12, 2017.

Speaker proposals are due September 1, 2016.  If you are interested in submitting a speaker proposal, please use the following link: http://camtonline.org/speak-at-2017/.

The CAMT registration fee is waived for one speaker per proposal submitted.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Call for Speaker Proposals: NCTM 2017 Annual Conference in San Antonio

The 2017 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference will be in San Antonio, Texas, on April 5 - 8, 2017.  

Speaker proposals must be submitted before 11:59pm, EST on May 1, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted. Ensure you have completed ALL steps.

Submitters will be notified about their proposal status via email in late August 2016. Ensure your email address is up to date.

Accepted speakers will be provided a late September deadline in their acceptance email by which they must accept the invitation to speak and register as a speaker.
If you are interested in submitting a speaker proposal, please use the following link:

2016 PAEMST Selection Committee Applications

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Selection Committee Applications

2016 PAEMST National Selection Committee
The 2016 National Selection Committee (NSC) for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) will take place during the months of July and August. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently seeking a wide range of reviewers, including K-12 teachers and administrators; science, mathematics, and STEM education researchers; university professors; and others with the expertise to distinguish exceptional teaching to serve on the PAEMST program’s NSC. This year’s NSC panelists will review applications from K-6th grade teachers. Committee review is scheduled for late July and early August 2016 and is conducted virtually, with no travel accommodations needed.

As a panelist, you would participate on a mathematics or science panel on one of the following dates:
  • Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, 2016;
  • Thursday and Friday, July 28-29, 2016;
  • Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 2016;
  • Thursday and Friday, August 4-5, 2016;
  • Monday and Tuesday, August 8-9, 2016; or
  • Thursday and Friday, August 11-12, 2016.

The goal of NSC is to recommend to the NSF two teachers (ideally one from the science award category and one from the mathematics award category) from each state or territory for the awards program. Each panelist will be responsible for reviewing between 9 and 11 applications. Each application consists of a written response to five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching (max. 25,000 characters), a 45-minute video, and administrative and supplementary documents. Panelists will have 5 to 6 weeks to review assigned applications and provide comments and scores online. Individual reviews must be completed in advance of the panel. Panelists will then participate in two days of panels lasting up to 8 hours each day, where, as a committee, they will discuss and provide comments and scores on each application.

On panel days, panelists will need a computer, internet access, and a telephone. Panelists selected to serve will receive training via webinar and a Reviewer Handbook prior to serving. Panelists receive a flat-fee ($200) per day for each day of panel. As in prior years, there is no compensation for the independent review completed by panelists prior to the panel dates.

If you are interested in serving as a NSC panelist for any of the above panels, please complete the online form, 2016 NSC Panelist Information Form, by Friday, April 22, 2016. On the form, please be sure to indicate which subject/dates match your area(s) of expertise and availability. After completing the online form, please email a current resume to NSC@paemst.org.

For additional information on the 2016 PAEMST NSC Review, please email NSC@paemst.org.
Thank you for your commitment to serving Texas students.
Mathematics Staff, Curriculum Division (512) 463-9581
James Slack – james.slack@tea.texas.gov

Statewide Coordinator, Mathematics

Friday, April 1, 2016

Region 10 ESC Spring/ Summer 2016 Professional Development

Region 10 ESC

Mathematics Professional Development Offerings – 2015 - 2016
For a list of campus-based titles available by request, please visit www.region10.org/Math
Strategies for Effective Math Instruction
Grades 6-12
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Ellis Room
Creating Great Math STAAR Reviews for Grades 6-7
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Ellis Room
Problem Solving Is Not A Problem (K-5)
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Ellis Room
Preparing for Algebraic Reasoning Instruction in 2016-2017
Grades 9-12
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Burnet Room
Interactive Algebra I Journaling
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Ellis Room
Proportionality Academy (6-8)
6/7, 6/8, 6/9/2016
9:00am – 4:00pm
Ennis Junior High
3101 Ensign Road
Ennis TX 75119

2015-2016 Algebra I TEKS in Action
9:00am – 4:00pm
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Hunt Room
Proportionality Academy
Grades 6-8
6/15, 6/16, 6/17/2016
9:00am – 4:00pm
Region 10 ESC/Abrams  Site
Brazos  Room

High School Statistics – It’s Not Just AP Anymore!
9:00am – 4:00pm
Region 10 ESC/Abrams  Site
Brazos  Room
Mathematics Technology: TI-83/84 family of calculators, Desmos, and Geogebra
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Houston Room
Geometry and Measurement Academy
Grades 6-8
7/6, 7/7/2016
Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Hunt Room
Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR),
4-day session
Grades 11-12
7/11, 7/12,
7/13, 7/14/2016
Shugart Professional Development Center
870 West Buckingham Rd.
Garland, TX 75040

Focus on Algebra: Linear Functions
(2-day session)
7/11/2016 7/12/2016

Epps Educational Service Center, Training Room
810 Old Greenville Road
Royse City, TX  75189

Focus on Algebra: Exponential Functions
(2-day session)
7/13/2016 7/14/2016

Epps Educational Service Center, Training Room
810 Old Greenville Road
Royse City, TX  75189

Focus on Algebra: Quadratic Functions
(2-day session)
7/25/2016 7/26/2016

Mike McKinney Training Facility
1420 FM 1777
Royse City, TX  75189

Statistics and Data Representation Academy Grades 4-8
8/9, 8/10/2016

Region 10 ESC/Spring Valley Site
Dallas Room

Follow us on Twitter @R10math!
Sign up for our Listserv!
All sessions are free of charge for teachers currently employed in Region 10 districts. For session descriptions or to register for an event, visit www.region10.org and click on Workshop Registration from the top navigation bar. For assistance logging into the Region 10 website, please contact our Help Desk at 972-348-1234.
Additional training, webinars and videos will be scheduled and provided throughout the year!
Online courses are available in the Region 10 Online Learning Center at www.olc.region10.org.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Progression of Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

I cannot emphasize enough the value of these amazing videos by Graham Fletcher (a district math specialist in the Greater Atlanta area).  He can be found on Twitter: @gfletchy

I encourage you (educators, campus administrators) to watch each of these.  Then watch them again.  Then bookmark them and watch them again another day.

The developmental progression of mathematics is a beautiful thing.  The vertical alignment of the concrete to the abstract representations is so very important in building our learners' true understanding of mathematics.