Our Texas Students Want an Education Not a Test-a-cation
Very little is taught unless it is part of the state standards called TEKS, which are said to provide the needed guide to prepare kids for the STAAR Tests.
The 5th grade STAAR test question #39 from 2013 lists TEKS 3.5C . This is a content TEKS that is suppose to describe what teachers are to include in their lessons to prepare students for the end of school STAAR test.
TEKS 3.5C states that students are expected to:
Predict, observe and record changes in the state of matter caused by heating or cooling.
Now read STAAR question #38 shown. What do you think? Does this TEKS provide clues so that 5th grade science teachers know to explain that the mass of ice doesn’t affect the temperature at which ice melts. In fact, I do not find any K-5th grade TEKS that clues teachers to include the relation of mass or volume to the temperature at which water changes its state of matter.
TEKS 5.5B states that students are expected to:
Identify the boiling and freezing/melting points of water on the Celsius scale.
The Science TEKS are said to be more rigorous to better prepare for the Rigorous Science STAAR TEST.
Does rigor mean the TEKS are vague and teachers have to rigorously search for information to try to understand what to teach?
Does rigor mean the STAAR test question cover science content that the TEKS do not give any clues about?
The 5th Grade Science 2013 STAAR TEST have few correct examples for the scientific method represented by the Science Process Skill TEKS.
TEKS 5.2 Specifically states that this process skills TEKS involves Scientific investigating and reasoning. The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:D) analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct (observable) and indirect (inferred) evidence;