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HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE UPDATE Summer 2006 Austin, Texas. Texas Education Agency Science Education Update. Chris Castillo Comer Director of Science. This presentation is available at www.theTRC.org for your convenience…. Entering freshmen 2007; Graduating class of 2011

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high school science update summer 2006 austin texas


Texas Education Agency

Science Education Update

Chris Castillo Comer

Director of Science

This presentation is available at www.theTRC.org

for your convenience…

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Entering freshmen 2007;

  • Graduating class of 2011
  • The total number of graduation credits required under both plans remains at 24.
  • TAC Title 19; Part 2; Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements
  • Subchapter F. Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2007-2008
  • §74.63. Recommended High School Program.
  • Science--four credits. One credit must be a biology credit (Biology, Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, or International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology). Students must choose two credits from subparagraph (A) and one credit from subparagraph (B) of this paragraph to complete the science requirement.

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Title 19; Part 2; Chapter 74; Sub-Chapter F

(A) A student must select two credits from the

following areas. Not more than one credit

may be chosen from each of the areas to satisfy

this requirement.

(i)Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC);

(ii)Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry;


(iii)Physics, Principles of Technology I,

AP Physics, or IB Physics.

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(B)After successful completion of a biology course and two credits from IPC, a chemistry course, and/or a physics course, a student may select the fourth required credit from any of the following courses:

  • Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography (GMO);
  • (ii) Environmental Systems;
  • (iii) Aquatic Science;
  • (iv) Astronomy;
  • (v) Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems;
  • (vi) AP/IB Biology;
  • (vii) Chemistry, AP/IB Chemistry;
  • (viii) Physics, AP/IB Physics;
  • (ix) AP/IB Environmental Science; and
  • Scientific Research and Design.
  • Engineering

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The State of Science in Texas

85% of all 11th graders passed the

Exit Level Science Assessment

55% of all Texas seniors graduated with the Recommended High School Plan

Last year 23% of all graduating seniors took 4 years of science

Grade 8 science was tested this spring with a 71% pass rate for all students at 2 SEM’s, and the online testing was successful with good result.

The percentage of students passing science Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) increased this spring at grades 5,10, and Exit Level Grade 11.

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state curriculum trends
State Curriculum Trends
  • Emphasis on science at very early ages
  • At-risk students identified earlier and more programs to support students in credit recovery
  • More High Schools with dropout recovery programs specializing in technical school/employment training
  • Emphasis on higher expectations and more science to prepare students for technical training
  • Greater high school to college coordination

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governor perry announces t stem academies

$71 Million committed to Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies

  • Part of Texas High School Project:

Will establish 35 small schools

that will offer focused opportunities

in STEM-related curriculum

  • Funded in part with Gates and Dell contributions
  • Charles A. Dana Center named first of six centers for Educator Professional

Development in STEM

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How We Did Overall


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the personal graduation plan
The Personal Graduation Plan

By Law, A High School Personal Graduation Plan Must….

  • Identify educational goals for student
  • Include diagnostic information, monitoring & intervention
  • Include intensive instruction
  • Provide innovative methods to promote student’s advancement
  • Address participation of parent

TEC 28.0212, SB 1108, 2003

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Study Guides are provided to students who do not meet the standard.

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executive order rp53 signed by the governor of texas on december 16 2005 end of course tests
Executive Order RP53Signed by the Governor of Texas on December 16, 2005-End of Course Tests
  • The development of a series of voluntary end-of-course assessments in Science, Mathematics, and other subjects, currently assessed by the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, to measure student performance;
  • For science this will include Biology, Chemistry and Physics

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biology eoc field test dates
Biology EOC Field Test Dates
  • A field-testing window for Biology

end-of-course exam has been added for

April 23–May 11, 2007.

Note that these mandatory field tests are

planned to be administered online only during this three-week window to students enrolled in Biology courses at the time of field testing.

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secondary educators alert
Secondary Educators Alert!
  • July 13, 2006 (Thursday) is the

Exit Level Science Retest

  • It is important to make arrangements for all students who failed to meet the standard on the April 20th Science TAKS.


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science testing calendar 2006 07
Science Testing Calendar2006-07
  • October 19, 2006 Exit-Level Retest
  • February 22, 2007 Exit-Level Retest
  • April (exact dates TBA) TAKS-Alt
  • Field Test Window
  • April 19, 2007 (Thurs.) Science
  • Grades 5,8, 10, 11
  • April 23-May 11 Field-test window for Biology EOC.
  • July 12 Exit Level Science Retest

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taks modified taks m
TAKS-Modified (TAKS-M)
  • The federal government has proposed regulations for 2% of the special education population that could be eligible to take an assessment that reduces the complexity of the grade-level content.
  • Currently, assessment staff have modified the TAKS (minus the field test questions) grade 5 science, grade 5 reading, and grade 10 mathematics tests by reducing the number of answer choices, reducing complex language and vocabulary, etc.

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  • Designed for 1% of students
  • Performance-based
  • Administered by Life Skills teacher
  • Teacher records results on line
  • Authentic grade-level activities are adapted to provide appropriate instruction & assessment opportunity for students who are functioning at Levels 1-3

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get ready for tsds


Get Ready for TSDS!

Welcome to the Texas Mathematics and Science Diagnostic Systems


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what is tsds


What is TSDS?
  • Web-Based Diagnostic Assessment Tool
  • Free to All Texas Public & Charter Schools
  • Available in September 2006
  • Part of the TEA Science Initiative

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Example of class summary report teachers can create after administering a diagnostic to students. Report summarizes individual student performance by Science strand and aggregate class performance

The Texas Science Portal

And Diagnostic has been funded!

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how can i use this content


How Can I Use This Content?
  • Student Skills Diagnosis at BOY & EOY
  • Finding Knowledge Points of Departure
  • Periodic Instructional Benchmarks
  • Tests, Quizzes, Homework

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where are we in development


Where Are We In Development?
  • Now – TSDS interface developed
  • Now – TSDS items being written
  • Now – TSDS tests being developed
  • July – TSDS items reviewed
  • Aug – TSDS district sign-up launches
  • Sep – TSDS application launched!

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how do we improve our science program
How do we improve our science program?
  • The Teacher is the Key:
    • Experience
    • Retention
    • Professional Development
  • The role of the Administrator is Vital…Policies are important:
  • 1. Limit class sizes when possible
  • Provide needed equipment and resources
  • Set High Expectations for staff and students

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secondary student performance vs teacher profiles
Secondary Student Performance vs. Teacher Profiles



Source: Completion and TAKS data from TEA; AEIS ’02-’03; Teacher Data

From State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) , AEIS ’02-’03 and ’03-’04


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Safety and Facility Resources:

Should be in every school library!

Also available online:


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secondary science
Secondary Science
    • Vertical Alignment Chart for Secondary Science Grade 10 and Exit Level Grade 11
  • Has TAKS OBJECTIVES and TEKS Student Expectations that are assessed from grades 1-High School Physics
  • Gives highlights from TAKS

To Order:


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teacher professional development through the texas regional collaboratives
Teacher Professional Development through the Texas Regional Collaboratives:

Professional Development Academies:





Visit the



32 Regional


around the state

Teacher Training and Mentoring


Grades 6-8 Earth Science; Science Diagnostic Training

Teacher Module Training in middle school EARTH SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, IPC, and PHYSICS

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science list serve please join
Science List Serve:Please Join…

Our way of

“shouting out”

to you when

you are busy

And something

Important comes

Up for science

In Texas…


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“We dedicate this new website—Our Schools, Our Stars—to the quiet successes our school community achieves everyday.”

Shirley J. Neeley

E-mail: goodnews@tea.state.tx.us/comm/stars

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who to contact
Who to Contact:

Texas Education Agency:

Chris Castillo-Comer

Director of Science



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  • TAKS Science Objectives
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/taas2/objectives/science.pdf
  • TAKS SCIENCE revised INFORMATION BOOKLET (Educator Guides)
  • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/taks/booklets/science/g10.pdf
  • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/taks/booklets/science/g11e.pdf
  • TAKS Science Results:
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/reporting/results/swresults/taks/index.html
  • TAKS Released Tests, Online Tests, and item analysis:
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/release/taks/index.html
  • TAKS Study Guides:
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/guides/study/
  • TAKS Scale Score Reports
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/scoring/convtables/2004/index.html
  • Resources on Graduation Requirements for Science:
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/side1.doc

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Resources from organizations:

  • Science Teachers Association of Texas Convention: Wichita Falls, TX; Nov. 9-11 ‘06
  • www.statweb.org

NCLB Teacher Toolkit

  • http://www.ed.gov/teachers/nclbguide/nclb-teachers-toolkit.pdf
  • NSTA National Science Convention: St. Louis, MO: Mar 29-Ap 1, 2007
  • National Association of Biology Teachers
  • www.nabt.org
  • American Chemical Society
  • www.acs.org
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • www.aapt.org
  • Texas Earth Science Teachers Association
  • http://statweb.org/TESTA/
  • National Earth Science Teachers Association
  • www.nestanet.org
  • Texas Marine Educators Association
  • http://statweb.org/TMEA/

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  • Resources for Certification Requirements and PD Provider Number
  • www.sbec.state.tx.us
  • Teacher Toolkit; Safety; Facilities; TEXTEAMS; Charles A. Dana Center
  • www.utdanacenter.org
  • Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science Teaching
  • http://theTRC.org
  • The TEKSLink Project
  • http://libraries.risd.org/TEKSLink/
  • Homework Hotline; UT homework service for TAKS AP, and college placement exams
  • http://hw.utexas.edu/overview.html
  • Science Teacher Toolbag
  • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/tchrtoolbag/ProDev_Sci.html
  • http://www.tea.state.tx.us/tchrtoolbag/CurRes_Science.html

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