CURRENT NEWS OF INTEREST

3.5.2020-Update on the Science TEKS Review Process

The State Board of Education’s Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) review process calls for multiple, separate work groups. Science TEKS Review Work Group A was convened in February 2020. The work group identified key areas and recurring topics from feedback collected related to the TEKS review process, including SBOE guidance to work groups, content advisor consensus recommendations, and the results of the Science TEKS Review Survey. The work group’s recommendations have been posted on the Science TEKS Review Work Group Drafts web page.

Feedback on work group drafts will be accepted throughout the review and revision process for the science TEKS. Comments on drafts will help to inform future work groups' recommendations.

When providing specific comments and recommendations for a work group, please identify the work group in the subject line of the email. For example, in the subject line, please indicate "Science TEKS Review Work Group A Feedback." Please submit comments to TEA at [email protected]


 2.7.2020- STAT is thrilled to report a major success in the Texas science community, which is directly the result of efforts by STAT, the Texas Science Education Leadership Association (TSELA), and the Metroplex Area Science Supervisors (MASS). At the January 31 State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the board provided guidance to TEA staff and the science TEKS review work groups as they began work on recommendations to revise the science TEKS. Staff was instructed to provide the science work groups with A Framework for K-12 Science Education to be used as a resource to inform recommendations for revisions to the science TEKS.  

This is an exciting step in a positive direction. STAT would like to thank the SBOE for their support of great science teaching and learning and their willingness to engage with stakeholders who collectively brought this forward for consideration.

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1.31.2020 - The State Board of Education (SBOE) approved the following resolution that will introduce a STAT supported resource to the Science TEKS Revision process. 

RESOULTION: That the State Board of Education: Direct the staff to provide the science TEKS work groups with “A Framework for K-12 Science Education” as a resource to inform recommendations for the revision of the science TEKS. 

One goal identified by STAT, as well as science organizations including TSELA and MASS, is that current research is available to guide the TEKS revision.  All agree that this can best be accomplished by accessing A Framework for K-12 Science Education as a resource in the process. This is an exciting step in a positive direction and STAT would like to thank the SBOE for the willingness to engage with stakeholders and support great science teaching and learning.


1.28.2020 - Science TEKS Review Content Advisor Recommendations 

As part of the State Board of Education’s (SBOE) review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), board members appoint content advisors to provide feedback throughout the process. A list of the SBOE-appointed science TEKS review content advisors can be found on the Science TEKS Review Content Advisors web page.

Content advisors are asked to review the current TEKS and make recommendations for changes. After completing their initial reviews, the content advisors met for a face-to-face meeting in January 2020 to develop consensus recommendations. Consensus recommendations are a shared statement that identify specific issues or objectives that content advisors agree should be addressed during the review and revision of the TEKS. 

The content advisor initial and consensus recommendations are posted on the Science TEKS Review Content Advisor Review web page.


 1.28.2020 -Science TEKS Review Work Group Application

The SBOE’s TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups to make recommendations to the SBOE for revisions to the current standards. SBOE members nominate individuals, including educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers, to serve on TEKS review work groups.

The SBOE is still accepting applications for science TEKS review work groups. Applications received will be submitted to SBOE members for review throughout the process. Individuals selected will be asked to serve on one or more work groups. The TEKS review work groups will convene in Austin for a minimum of one face-to-face meeting. Additional meetings may be conducted via webinar.

To access the application and for more information regarding the science TEKS review, please visit the Science TEKS Review webpage at https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-texas-essential-knowledge-and-skills-teks-review/science-teks-review

Questions regarding the application or TEKS review process may be sent via email to [email protected].


1.3.20 - Science TEKS Review Survey - As part of the SBOE's review process, TEA is surveying educators regarding their opinions about the current Science TEKS. The results of the survey will inform the recommendations of the science TEKS review work groups. To provide feedback, please submit the Science TEKS Review Survey available here.


 12.16.19 - As required by your Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills review process, Texas Higher Education Commissioner Harrison Keller has appointed two science content advisors to help with your update of the science standards. He has appointed Dr. Janice A. Fischer and Dr. Catherine H. Howard. Dr. Fischer is a professor of molecular biosciences and director of the biology instructional office at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Howard is dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and distance learning, as well as a professor of chemistry and biology, at Texarkana College. These appointees will work with your science content advisors.


12.16.19 - As of December 4, more than 80 people have already applied to serve on the science work groups. As a reminder, the SBOE is also still accepting applications for health education, physical education, and English Language Proficiency Standards. Refer to anyone who is interested in serving on the work groups to this application.