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Online vs. Print in Texas

On November 22, 2013, the SBOE released a list of 405 state-adopted math, science and technical applications products, 303 of which align to 100% of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  More than two-thirds of the products on the state-adopted list are online products.  According to John Lopez, Managing Director of TEA’s Instructional Materials and Educational Technology division, the breakdown of print and digital products on the state-adopted list by subject is as follows:

Subject

Material Format

Products 100% Aligned to the TEKS (#)

Products Aligned to Between 50-99% of the TEKS (#)

Total products 

Science

Print 71 18   89 (33%)
Electronic 142 33 175 (66%)

Subtotal

213 51 264

Math

Print 36 14  50 (41%)
Electronic 44 29  73 (59%)

Subtotal

80 43 123

Technology Apps

Print 0 0 0
Electronic 10 8 18 (100%)

Subtotal

10 8 18

 

In light of the facts that: (1) the state-adopted list includes so many instructional materials, (2) districts have a limited amount of state funds with which to purchase instructional materials and technology, and (3) superintendents and board presidents have a legal obligation to certify that they are providing instructional materials that align with 100% of the TEKS, educators must carefully evaluate instructional materials to determine which products best meet their students’ unique needs.

Learning List can help! Learning List is a subscription-based, K-12 instructional materials review service designed to help districts and schools determine which products are best for their students. Texas districts and charter schools may use IMA funds to pay for the subscription to Learning List. Schedule a webinar to see the reviews and tools on LearningList.com, contact Info@LearningList.com.

 

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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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