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Spanish Language Arts and Reading (SLAR) Product Reviews

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Learning List has reviewed each of the five Spanish language arts and reading (SLAR) materials submitted to the Texas Education Agency in response to the Proclamation 2019. Below are brief discussions of each of the SLAR products. Learning List has reviewed each of the corresponding English language arts and reading (ELAR) products referenced in descriptions.

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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.

 

Subscribe to Learning List for access to the spec sheet, full editorial review and detailed alignment report for this material, and thousands of other widely used Pk-12 resources.

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Texas State Board of Education Releases State-Adopted List with 405 Science, Math and Technical Applications Products

The State Board of Education today adopted a list of 405 science, math and technical application instructional materials, 303 of which state review panels determined to be 100 percent aligned to the Texas Essential  Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  The remaining 102 state-adopted products are aligned with between 50 and 100 percent of the TEKS.  Pearson’s Biology and Houghton Mifflin’s Environmental Systems materials were conditionally adopted, pending reconciliation of alleged factual errors. By subject, the state-adopted list contains:

  •  93 Grades K-8 math products;
  •  20 Grades K-5  Spanish math products;
  • 221 Grades K-12 science products;
  •  65 Grades K-5 Spanish science products; and,
  •  22 Grades K-12 technology application products.

Within each subject, the State Board adopted on average:

  •   8 math products per grade in grades K-5;
  • 15 math products per grade in grades 6-8;
  • 17 science products per grade in grades K-5;
  • 23 science products per grade in grades 6-8;
  • 5 IPC, 13 Physics, 18 Chemistry, and 9 Biology state-adopted products, as well as a few products in various other high school science courses;
  • 2 technology application products per grade for K-8 as well as in the adopted high school courses;

In most grade levels, a couple of state-adopted products are available in both print, blended and/or digital formats. All others are unique products. Districts must now review the available instructional materials to determine which (1) best meet students’ needs, (2) can be implemented effectively given the district’s technical infrastructure, and (3)  reflect the community’s values. An article in the January 2014 edition of TxASCD’s Leaders of Learners will highlight specific, researched-based criteria districts should consider during their review of instructional materials.

Learning List is a new service available to assist districts with the challenge of reviewing so many instructional materials. Like a type of Consumer Reports/Angie’s List for K-12 instructional materials and online courses, LearningList.com features three types of reviews for each product: (1) an independent alignment to the TEKS; (2) an editorial review that highlights the types of information to help educators determine which products are best suited to meet their students’ needs; and (3) subscriber ratings and reviews. Tools on LearningList.com promote a collaborative selection process among district employees and help the district document compliance with the “100 Percent Rule”.  Beyond the selection process, the alignment reports on LearningList.com help teachers develop TEKS-aligned lesson plans for each reviewed instructional material.  Contact info@LearningList.com to learn more about this new service.

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