New math TEKS will go into effect for the school year 2014-2015.

SBOE gives preliminary approval to new math standards

AUSTIN – The State Board of Education today gave preliminary approval to revised curriculum standards for mathematics.

Educators based the new standards on the draft Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), as well as math standards from Massachusetts, Minnesota and international standards from places such as Singapore, which are all believed to have some of the world’s best math curriculum standards.

“My goal is for Texas to have the best math standards,” Commissioner of Education Robert Scott told the board.

A formal public comment period will open approximately Feb. 17 on the new math standards, with final approval of the new TEKS expected April 20.

The new standards will not take effect until new textbooks and other instructional materials are made available to Texas students.

Based on a new instructional materials adoption schedule approved by the board Friday, the new math TEKS, if given final approval by the board in April, would be used in kindergarten through eighth grade Texas classrooms beginning in the 2014-2015 school year when new materials are available.

The revised math TEKS for high school courses would be implemented the following year when new textbooks and other instructional materials for those classes become available for use.

The updated adoption cycle makes new materials for math, grades kindergarten through eighth grade; science, grades kindergarten through 12th grade; and technology applications available for use beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

The following year, state-adopted materials for math, grades nine through 12; social studies, grades kindergarten through grade 12; and fine arts would be available to school districts.

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