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Reviews of Materials for CTE and Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

The Texas State Board of Education recently released this state adopted list of materials for Career & Technology Education (CTE) and Languages Other than English (LOTE) courses. As part of the Texas state adoption process, panels of educators review the alignment of each material to the relevant state standards for the course and develop a detailed evaluation report showing the citations in the panel verified to be aligned to each state standard.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) does not publish the state panel reports on the Agency’s website, though they are available through a public information request.

Learning List has reviewed materials for these CTE courses.  For each of those materials, the state panel evaluation report will be posted along with Learning List’s Spec Sheet and Editorial Review on LearningList.com.

For state-adopted materials for the remaining CTE courses and for LOTE materials, Learning List will make the state evaluation reports available to subscribers upon request. Requests may be made using the Chat, Contact Us or Request a Review features of our site.

We hope that making these state evaluation reports available will help not only Texas subscribers but also subscribers in other states who may want to evaluate CTE and LOTE materials.  An explanation of how to read (and understand) a state evaluation reports is provided below.
How to Read a State Panel Evaluation Report

  • The first page of the report provides the state’s calculation of the material’s alignment percentages to the TEKS and the English Language Proficiency Standards.  At the bottom of the page, there may be Reviewer’s Comments about the material.
  • The “meat and potatoes” of the alignment report is contained in section (b) Knowledge and Skills,in a table like the one below that begins on pg. 2 or pg. 3 of the report.

State Alignment Report

  • The first three columns of the table contain a TEKS statement, Student Expectation (SE) and Breakout. Materials submitted for state adoption are reviewed for alignment to the Breakouts of each SE.

Note: SEs are generally compound and complex sentences. To facilitate the review of the alignment of each material, at the inception of each state adoption process, TEA staff breaks down each SE into its component parts, called “Breakouts.” The state panels review each material for alignment to the Breakouts. Each Breakout is listed on a separate row of the table.

  • The four middle columns of the table identify the citations (e.g., the pages, lessons, videos) in the material that the state panel reviewed for alignment to each Breakout.
  • The last two columns (furthest right) show whether (Yes/No) any of the citations reviewed were aligned to the Breakout and whether the material is aligned to that SE (which is only shown on the row of the first Breakout of the SE).
    • The material must be aligned to all of the Breakouts of a SE in order for the material to be considered “aligned” to the SE.
    • The Comments column may contain state reviewers’ comments about any citation that they found not to be aligned to the Breakout.

 

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Adoption of Materials for CTE Courses

Today, the Texas State Board of Education adopted materials for CTE Courses.  Other than the materials submitted by Red & Black, the materials on this list were adopted.

Learning List has reviewed materials for 80 CTE courses including:

  1. the courses within each strand that have the largest statewide enrollment;
  2. the courses for which publishers have submitted the highest number of products for state adoption; and
  3. the 17 CTE courses which are eligible for math or science credit.

Having reviewed many CTE materials, we provide these observations which we hope will be useful during your local selection process:weld-67640_640

  • Very few products we reviewed are specific to Texas or include direct references to the TEKS in teacher and/or student materials. Even some products that include Texas in their titles (e.g., Pearson’s “Texas Manufacturing Welding”) do not include references to the TEKS. This is likely due to the fact that many CTE products, while suitable for high school instruction, are designed to meet the needs of community college students and students in career and technical schools. However, some products contain supplemental resources, such as lesson plans and correlation documents, to help Texas teachers plan TEKS-aligned instruction.
  • Similarly, CTE products designed for post-secondary learning environments tend to have fewer supports for struggling readers, such as active reading strategies, checks for understanding, and margin notes with study tips and learning strategies, which may create challenges for their use in high school classrooms.
  • Nearly all of Calculatorthe products we reviewed addressed employment skills to some degree. Products include profiles of careers related to content, portfolio building activities, and lessons addressing job searches and skills for success in the workplace (e.g., collaboration, communication).
  • Some products are state-adopted for multiple For example, Cengage Learning’s “Personal Financial Literacy” and Goodheart-Willcox’s “Foundations of Financial Literacy” are state-adopted for both Money Matters (Subchapter F: Finance) and Dollars and Sense (Subchapter J: Human Services).
  • There is considerable overlap in content for some publishers’ submissions. For example, CEV Multimedia’s products are state-adopted for a wide range of CTE courses. CEV provides module-based online instruction, and in many cases, the same modules appear in multiple courses. For example, each of the modules that make up CEV’s “Medical Terminology” also appear in CEV’s “Principles of Health Science” (Subchapter H: Health Science). In such cases, districts will want to be careful not to pay twice for the very same content.Microscope
  • Generally speaking, we saw few supports for English language learners across CTE products. And, when we did see supports, they were minimal such as a Spanish language glossary.

For each state-adopted material in the courses listed above, Learning List has developed a Spec Sheet and Editorial Review to accompany the state’s alignment report. Here is a comparative summary of our reviews of the Money Matters and Anatomy and Physiology materials.  Subscribers may also request reviews of off-list materials for those courses.

 

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Proclamation 2014: New Materials and New Challenges in Texas

Later this month, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) will adopt instructional materials submitted in response to Proclamation 2014, which calls for K-8 math, K-12 science, and technology applications resources.

In a press release  issued in September, the Texas Education Agency reported that more than 1,200 instructional materials had been submitted for state adoption. As the process proceeded, many publishers, particularly those who had not participated in a Texas adoption before, withdrew their materials. Over 400 products have gone through the adoption process. TEA noted that most are online products, making this “the largest review of primarily online textbook materials in state history.”

The large number of products generally and the high percentage of online materials are not the only things that are unique about the current state adoption. Previously, only materials that were 100 percent aligned to Texas’ learning standards—the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—were eligible to be included on the state’s coveted list of “Conforming” instructional materials.  Materials aligned to at least 50 percent but less than 100 percent of the TEKS were included on the state’s list of “Non-Conforming” materials. However, Senate Bill 6 (2011) replaced the state’s Conforming and Non-Conforming lists with a new “State-Adopted” list and made instructional materials eligible to be included on the State-Adopted list if they aligned to at least 50 percent of the TEKS.

This creates a new challenge for Texas school districts statewide. Products will appear on the State-Adopted list even though they may not be 100 percent aligned to the TEKS, yet superintendents and school board presidents annually must certify to the commissioner of education and the SBOE that their students have been provided with instructional materials that address 100 percent of the TEKS for all courses in the foundation curricula, except physical education. This legal requirement is known as the 100 Percent Rule.

Over the next few weeks, this blog will provide information and guidance to help educators navigate these changes. Posts will focus on strategies for meeting the requirements of the 100 Percent Rule in the wake of Senate Bill 6’s changes, as well as research-based guidance in choosing online and print-based materials that meet the unique instructional needs of students.

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