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Legislative Update

Posted by Texas Education on June 25, 2008

State Board of Education (SBOE) Okays New English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) TEKS – In a sharply divided decision the SBOE approved a final ELAR TEKS replacement presented as a last minute compromise merging portions of two different ELAR TEKS proposals. The final version merged a document produced under a SBOE-issued contract with StandardsWork Inc., with work produced by workgroups consisting mainly of teachers who were invited to TEA this spring to provide input. A major change to the ELAR TEKS was a decision to eliminate a requirement that the education commissioner create a suggested list of “heritage” and “contemporary” authors that teachers could use in the ELAR curriculum. Instead, the education commissioner will compile a list of reading resources websites that districts and teachers can use in their ELAR lessons. The new TEKS will be implemented in the fall of 2009. New textbooks that cover the ELAR TEKS in grades 9-12 will reach schools in the fall of 2010, and the fall of 2011 for elementary and middle schools. For more information on the ELAR TEKS visit www.tea.state.tx.us.SBOE Agrees to Clarify 4×4 Rules to Provide More Flexibility for Science
TEA has clarified issues related to the science requirement of the 4×4 graduation requirement. TEA’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) section has been updated now to include clarifications to the science-related requirements. To review this section visit www.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/fourbyfour.html.
I received this from Texas PTA. If you have kids in public schools, please join your PTA or PTSA. It’s a worthwhile cause, and it’s only the price of a couple of cups of Starbucks.

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