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Title: Science Update

Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in
Science and Mathematics Teaching Thirteenth
Annual Meeting June 27-29, 2007 Hilton Austin
Airport Hotel Austin, Texas
Science Update
This presentation is available online
  • Discussion Items
  • Curriculum Update
  • TEKS Revision
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Assessment Update
  • SB 1031
  • Statewide Science TAKS Results
  • Resources
  • Contact Info

Science TEKS Review Process
  • The State Board of Education (SBOE) oversees all
    aspects of the TEKS, including refinements/revisio
  • Spring/Summer 2007
  • The science review process will begin this fall
    following the same process that occurred with the
    mathematics and ELA/R TEKS.
  • SBOE members will nominate educators to serve on
    work group committees.

Science TEKS Projected Timeline
  • September/October 2007
  • SBOE work group members will convene in Austin to
    review content of science TEKS
  • Fall 2008
  • Recommendations by the work group will be posted
    in an online survey format.
  • Feedback from the field will be solicited via
    listservs for public input, conference
    presentations, professional organization
    newsletters, education service center
    representatives, etc.

SBOE Nominated Work Groups
  • Work group members to convene to make content
    recommendations for refinement alignment
  • Grades K-5 work group members to meet in Austin
  • Grades 6-12 work group members will meet in
  • Grades K-12 work group vertical alignment meeting
    via TETN conferences

Proposed SBOE timeline for revision process
Science TEKS
  • Fall 2007 workgroups will convene in Austin
  • Spring 2008 National content expert review
  • Fall 2008 Science TEKS revisions adopted
  • 2008 2009 professional development
  • 2009 2010 revised TEKS implementation

Old and New RHSP- Science
  • Old 3 credits,
  • one of which must be Biology (and /or AP/IB)
  • two of which are selected from
  • IPC
  • Chemistry, IB or AP Chemistry
  • Physics, AP or IB Physics, or Principles of
    Technology I
  • New 4 credits,
  • One of which must be Biology (and /or AP/IB
  • Three of which are selected from a list of
    options that will include IPC until SY 2011-2012

DAP- Old and New
  • Old
  • 3 credits of science. One credit must be a
    biology credit (Biology, Advanced Placement (AP)
    Biology, or International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Biology). Students must choose the remaining two
    credits from the following areas. Not more than
    one credit may be chosen from each of the areas
    to satisfy this requirement. Students on the
    Recommended High School Program are encouraged to
    take courses in biology, chemistry, and physics
    to complete the science requirements.
  • Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)
  • Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry and
  • Physics, Principles of Technology I, AP Physics,
    or IB Physics.
  • New
  • 4 credits of science, which must consist of a
    biology credit (Biology, Advanced Placement (AP)
    Biology, or International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Biology), a chemistry credit (Chemistry, AP
    Chemistry, or IB Chemistry), a physics credit
    (Physics, AP Physics, or IB Physics), and an
    additional approved laboratory-based science
    course . (Note the deletion of Principles of
    Technology here). After successful completion of
    a biology course, a chemistry course, and a
    physics course, a student may select the fourth
    required credit from any of the following
    lab-based courses

What does the phase-out of IPC mean?
  • IPC will no longer satisfy the science
    requirements in the RHSP after school year
  • Students on the RHSP and DAP could continue to
    take the course for state elective credit
  • As of now, it remains an option for students on
    the Minimum Plan
  • IPC will no longer satisfy the science
    requirements in the DAP, effective SY 2007-2008
    no phase-out
  • At this time, no EOC is being developed for IPC

New RHSP- Science
  • When IPC is phased out, all students must select
  • One credit from Biology, AP or IB Biology
  • Two credits from
  • Chemistry, IB or AP Chemistry
  • Physics, AP or IB Physics, or Principles of
    Technology I
  • A fourth credit from the following list

RHSP- Science, 4th yr
  • Newly named SBOE courses with a prerequisite of
    Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Earth and Space Science which will replace GMO
  • Engineering
  • The SBOE has directed the TEA to write new TEKS
    for these courses. The TEKS writing process for
    these courses will begin this fall.

RHSP- Science, 4th yr
  • Fourth Year Science Credit Courses
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Aquatic Science
  • Environmental Systems

RHSP- Science, 4th yr
  • Also fourth year credit courses include
  • Advanced Placement Biology
  • Advanced Placement Chemistry
  • Advanced Placement Physics
  • Advanced Placement Environmental Science
  • Dual Credit college science courses

RHSP- Science, 4th yr
  • Also, fourth year science credit courses will
  • International Baccalaureate Biology
  • International Baccalaureate Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate Physics
  • International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems

RHSP- Science, 4th yr
  • The following health science technology
    education courses
  • Scientific Research and Design
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems
  • Medical Microbiology and Pathophysiology
  • The following technology education/industrial
    technology education courses
  • Principles of Technology

Should IPC be taught in Grade 8?
  • This is a local decision, however,
  • Most experts agree that this may negatively
    impact Grade 8 Science TAKS scores and the earth
    science objective in particular.
  • 6-8th grade TEKS include foundational concepts
    presented in various contexts to assure literacy
    of those concepts.
  • Thus, compressing the science TEKS into two years
    is not recommended. 

Policy Implications High School
  • Grades 9-12 minimum of 40 of instructional
    time spent on lab and field investigations
  • Safety in the labs should be paramount
  • Crowding of students in science is dangerous!
  • Science safety training is crucial.
  • Plan for more students taking more science.

The Burning Question Whats the Best Course
Sequence for Science?
  • For all graduation plans, students are encouraged
    to take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics by the
    State Board of Education.
  • Students who take the Biology, Chemistry, and
    Physics sequence perform better on SAT and ACT
    college entrance tests according to college
    entrance data.
  • Students who take the Biology, Chemistry, and
    Physics sequence are better prepared for college
  • Some schools are considering the Physics First
  • Many schools are considering the conceptual
    approach to teaching of Physics andChemistry

Chris Comer
Conceptual Resources
  • The state of Texas has adopted textbooks and
    instructional materials for conceptual approaches
    to chemistry and physics and many schools have
    adopted these materials.
  • Conceptual Chemistry adopted instructional
    materials1. Chemistry in the Community by
    Bedford, Freeman Worth2. Chemistry Concepts
    and Applications by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill3.
    Chemistry Applied and Descriptive by J.M. LeBel

Conceptual Resources
  • Conceptual Physics adopted instructional
    materials1. Conceptual Physics by Prentice
    Hall2. Physics Systems and Applications by
    J.M. LeBel Enterprises
  • Some schools also use3. Cambridge Physics
    Outlet (CPO) ScienceAdopted for Physics.

SB 1031EOC Assessments
Phase-out high school TAKS and replace it with
EOC assessments in Algebra I, Algebra II, and
Geometry English I, English II, and English
III Biology, Chemistry, and Physics U.S. History,
World History, and World Geography Freshman
class of 2011-2012 is first group to have EOC as
graduation requirement To graduate, students
must attain Cumulative score 70n n number of
EOC assessments taken in each subject
SB 1031EOC Assessments
  • Students must score at least 60 in order for it
    to count towards their cumulative score
  • Students scoring below 60 shall retake the
    assessment each time it is administered
  • Students scoring below 70 will receive
    accelerated instruction
  • Any other student may retake an EOC assessment
    for any reason.

SB 1031EOC Assessments
  • A students score on an EOC assessment shall be
    worth 15 of the students final grade for that
  • A school district is not required to use the
    students score on subsequent administrations to
    determine the students final grade for that
  • A student is not required to retake a course as a
    condition of retaking an EOC assessment

SB 1031General Information
  • Allows the agency to release assessment questions
    every third year
  • Requires all assessments (grades 3-12) to be
    developed in a manner that allows a measure of
    annual student improvement
  • Requires a vertical scale in grades 3-8 for
    mathematics and reading starting with the
    2008-2009 school year
  • Prohibits schools from spending more than 10 of
    the instructional year administering
    district-required tests

SB 1031General Information
  • Establishes a committee to review the
    accountability system and make recommendations to
    the legislature
  • Requires the agency to conduct a survey and
    prepare a report to determine the ability of
    school districts to administer assessment
    instruments by computer
  • Requires assessment instruments, starting in
    2007-2008, to be administered at least two weeks
    later than the date on which they were
    administered in 2006-2007

All Students 2006 (Percent)
TAKS Items Correct by Objectives
Demographic Summary
2006 Grade 5 (Percent Items Correct)
Demographic Summary
2006 TAKS Grade 8 (Percent Items Correct)
Demographic Summary
2006 TAKS Grade 10 (Percent Items Correct)
Demographic Summary
TAKS Grade 11 (Percent Items Correct)
Tips for Students and Teachers
  • Hands on experiences are important
  • The fifth grade science test covers TEKS from
    third and fourth grade. Instruction must cover
    the TEKS (especially the ones specified in the
    Information Booklet)
  • Pay attention to units
  • Using math skills in science
  • Carefully reading the details of the item

Physical Science Note
  • 8th grade students did much better on Motion,
    Forces, and Energy than Structures and Properties
    of Matter
  • Least variation in Asian Scores (7)
  • Most variation in White Scores (15)
  • Other groups had score variations of 12 or 13,
    including males, females, African Americans and

Life Science Note
  • In 11th grade all student groups had average
    percent items correct about 10 points higher for
    Interdependence of Organisms and the Environment
    than for Organization of Living Systems

Committee Participation
  • Committee member selection based upon
  • Recommendation forms available at

Texas Science Diagnostic System (TSDS)
  • Web-Based Diagnostic Assessment Tool Free to All
    Texas Public Charter Schools
  • TAKS-based question banks grades elem-HS reviewed
    by TEA, teachers, experts
  • Can be used to diagnose student Skills, Finding
    Knowledge Points of Departure, for tests,
    quizzes, and/or homework

Science List Serve
Who To Contact
Curriculum Chris Castillo-Comer Director of
Science Irene
Pickhardt Assistant Director Irene.Pickhardt_at_tea. 512-463-9556
Assessment Cyndi Louden Science Assessment