In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature, through the Rider 42 grant, appropriated nearly $152 million for the SSI (Student Success Initiative) with a particular emphasis on professional development for middle school and high school teachers.
TEA provided the 20 ESCs with $100 million dollars in two years to create Rider 42 Professional Development TEKS Transition Academies.
The Rider 42 PD Academies were to be TEKS Transition Training programs. In other words, teachers were to be shown a comparison between the TEKS for the TAKS tests and the new TEKS for the STAAR tests.
TEKS Transition Training
The Transition Document K-8 shown, is an example of how the old and new TEKS are to be compared.
The new 2010 TEKS are in the first column and the old 1998 TEKS are in the second column. I have added the checks and the underlining to point how how educators can use this information to identify differences between the two sets of standards.
So far I don’t find the transition training material complicated. Teachers could have done this without attending training academies. But maybe there is more to the transition training.
- The Black Type shows the actual State Standards (TEKS)
- The Blue Type is the TEKS clarification. In other words, the BLUE TYPE provide teachers with the meaning of the TEKS.
- The Blue Type identifies the RIGOR that TEA intended when writing the TEKS.
For the 5th grade science TEKS shown, the term that identifies the rigor of the TEKS is —–CLASSIFY.
Yes, this is correct. This information is on an ESC video and I also confirmed it with an ESC representative.
OOPS! This is not a Science Rider 42 TEKS Transition Document.
This is a TESCCC document that was created in 2010.
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The 20 Texas ESCs were paid $50 Million dollars to create Free Transition Documents for TEKS Transition Training to be given in the summer of 2010.
This TESCCC document is part of a CSCOPE Transition Training Power Point containing 30 slides.
- Did the 20 ESCs create Free Rider 42 Transition Documents comparable to the one they created for their CSCOPE product sold to school districts?
I have copies of all the Rider 42 TEKS Transition Academy materials used in the 2010 Summer Rider 42 PD Academies.
These Transition Documents for Science K-4, 5-8, as well as K-12 do not have side-by-side comparisons of the old and new TEKS.
Instead, a list of the old TEKS is followed by a list of the new TEKS. No comparisons.
Are these free materials helpful to teachers. Yes, but do not meet the standards described in the Rider 42 grant.
- Are the CSCOPE Transition Documents more aligned with the description of the transition academies described in the Rider 42 grant?Without question, the CSCOPE Transition Document Power point with 30 training slides is a better example for training teachers to transition from the old to the new TEKS.
- When were the Science Transition Documents for the Rider 42 PD academies and the CSCOPE Transition Training Power Point created?
Both sets of training materials were created by the State Education Service Centers and both were created in the spring of 2010.
FREE Summer Rider 42 Academies Have Low Attendance
According to the evaluation of the Rider 42 PD Transition Academies, low attendance could have been due to no special advertising by not just one, but all 20 ESCs. It is hard to imagine being paid $50 Million dollars for a project and not even giving it any special promotion.
What was the reason given by the 20 ESCs that they only listed the Free Transition Academies in their separate workshop catalogs?
Hold on to your hat for this ——————
Their answer, which I assume was a collaborative effort, is that they should have done some advertising earlier in the year. This is the same group that still controls what is being taught in about 80% of the Texas School Districts. How has this happened? Lack of parent and community involvement in the public schools. Thus, the whole Texas Education System has been allowed to run a muck. Proof is that CSCOPE had been in the Texas Public Schools for six years and when questions arose about the content of the CSCOPE lessons not any of the State Education Officials had heard of it. It took twelve months of investigation CSCOPE to raise enough rocks to uncover enough hidden information to warrant the Senate Education Committee to have a hearing on CSCOPE.
Everyday the Texas Education Patriots lift a rock and more secrets are disclosed. I happened across the CSCOPE transition documents. It really makes me sad that anyone could deliberately deprive children of a quality education.
While the CSCOPE Transition Document is good in that it compares the old and new TEKS, it is very misleading because the specificities for the TEKS is just the opinion of someone hired to write them.
The Actual TEKS differ in that the New TEKS include relative density and solubility and deleted the conduction of sound. Mass is included, but the TEKS says, includes—-meaning the list goes on. Do the TEA writers expect teachers to be using an approved text book that would provide many more physical properties? I do.
The CSCOPE Specifities for the Old and New TEKS differ in the list that the person writing the descriptions decided on. Nothing in the TEKS refers to the list of physical properties for rocks and minerals. They are correct, but so are the properties listed in the old TEKS–particularity the measurements.
Are science students in your school district using text books?
If your administrators say no because the text books are not aligned with the new TEKS. Stay tuned —I have CSCOPE documents that shoot down this idea.
Yes, it was CSCOPE that started and perpetuate the idea that text books are not part of the new 21 Century Teaching Methods. The problem is that the ESCs didn’t prepare the CSCOPE lessons for the new TEKS in time for the 2010-2011 school year. In fact, they were not ready for the 2011-2012 school year. So, teachers received science lessons one-six weeks at a time.