In June 2017, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved a new process to be used for the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. The new TEKS review process calls for up to five separate work group meetings and provides multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the recommendations of the work groups. The SBOE also approved updates to the TEKS review and instructional materials adoption schedules, which will impact publishers and their submission process.
One notable impact is the directive to " Ensure the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) are adequately addressed in the TEKS".
This move by Texas may make their standards more like other states, and thus less need for publishers to create a 'Texas version' of their content. How the actual text of the TEKS may morph to accomplish this is unknown, but will certainly be interesting to see.
The State Board of Education has also published a proposed " TEKS and Instructional Materials Review and Adoption Schedule", which spans 2017 through the 2028-2029 school year. This document is quite insightful to the scope of their standards revisions across the subject areas.
For more detailed information: http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=25769817636
By: Larry Johnson