Great Minds: TEA launches innovative learning solutions for K-12 Math

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Education Agency announced the first set of instructional materials – covering K-12 Math – that will be made available to school systems through the Texas Home Learning 3.0 (THL 3.0) initiative.

Like other THL 3.0 offerings, these instructional materials are digitized, customized, and aligned to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) — the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. These resources are optional and free to all Texas school systems to utilize.

TEA has partnered with Carnegie Learning for 6-12 Math and Great Minds for K-5 Math to develop and deliver this first set of high-quality, TEKS-aligned unit and lesson plans.

“Texas Home Learning 3.0 is a milestone achievement in Texas public education. The significant ways in which these high-quality, free instructional offerings across core subjects will shape learning throughout the Lone Star State in the months and years to come is hard to gauge at this moment, though we are confident the outcomes will be positive,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “Our state’s hard-working students and teachers will benefit immensely from this digital TEKS-aligned offering. School systems are having to adjust to these extraordinary times, and we at TEA are doing the same. We will continue to provide our schools with support in all realms so that the learning can continue uninterrupted.”

The Carnegie Learning Texas Math Solution provides educators and students with free access to its highly rated middle school and high school content to support flexible learning in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. Educators who choose to participate will receive access to TEKS-aligned curriculum materials and adaptive math learning software, MATHia®, all customized for Texans to access high quality content that works seamlessly between remote and in-classroom environments.

The Texas Math Solution includes daily teacher lesson plans with accessible student materials, guidance for remote learning for teachers, and family guides to support learning regardless of setting.

“We are proud to partner with the Texas Education Agency to make our materials available to all who need them during this challenging time,” says Barry Malkin, CEO of Carnegie Learning. “Texas educators don’t have to compromise on high quality instructional materials in order to have the flexibility they need to transition between in-person and remote learning – we’re here to support them with both.”

Great Minds’ Eureka Math® in Sync TEKS Edition is built specifically for Texas. Crafted by teachers and math scholars, the instructional materials carefully sequence mathematical progressions to maximize coherence across grade levels.

The materials are designed to meet the needs of today’s hybrid and virtual learning environments, allowing students and teachers to access the Eureka Math in Sync TEKS Edition materials wherever, whenever. Features of these materials include short, digestible videos for each lesson along with downloadable and fillable PDFs so students can show their work and communicate with teachers via annotations and comments. 

“As a native Texan, I’m proud to see the state’s commitment to high quality instructional materials, especially at this unique time in the history of education,” said Jill Diniz, Great Minds Chief Academic Officer for math. “We’ve learned so much about math instruction since my own time in the classroom.  It’s wonderful to be able to bring that to Texas—to teach math as a body of knowledge, not just a set of skills. The TEKS outline high standards. The Eureka Math TEKS Edition will make those standards accessible to all while bringing joy and wonder to students.”

TEA previously announced that it will offer all Texas school systems a world-class Learning Management System (LMS) from PowerSchool’s Schoology for two years at no cost. More than 300 Texas school systems have already signed up, with another 200 more currently engaging with the Schoology team. 

Almost 8,500 Frisco ISD college-bound students advance in AP programs #APHumanGeography #APWorldHistory #APEnglish #APUSHistory

Frisco ISD’s Advanced Placement (AP) program has grown to become one of the largest in Texas, with 8,475 students taking 17,843 AP exams in the 2019-20 school year. This is an increase of more than 925 students and 1,800 more exams administered than the year before.

Dr. Angela Romney, managing director of academic programs, said: “AP courses focus on building skills, such as critical thinking and writing skills, that are helpful for students as they move forward with additional AP courses or university-level coursework. This year’s AP exams were unique due the pandemic and students were able to take their exams at home on any device they had access to – computer, tablet or smartphone.

“Despite moving to virtual instruction in the spring, Frisco ISD’s AP teachers continued to teach students at a high level so that students were prepared for the revised exam format, which did not include any multiple choice questions and relied heavily on essays,” she said. “Students rose to the occasion and successfully exhibited the skills they had been working on all school year.”

The AP program provides students with a pathway to earn college credit while in high school.

Frisco ISD offers 32 AP courses that span all subject areas.

The four most popular AP Exams taken in FISD in the spring were

AP Human Geography at 2,088 exams,

AP World History at 1,883 exams,

AP English Language at 1,780 exams and

AP US History at 1,463 exams.  

AP courses are rigorous, college-level courses that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the College Board standards and skills. Students may earn college credit by taking the AP exam in May and scoring a 3 or higher. 

Even as the FISD AP program expands, the student success continues to remain high with 75 percent of all exams taken earning a 3, 4 or 5 making the student eligible to earn college credit. 

More than 51% of the Frisco ISD Class of 2020 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during their high school career.

Students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams were deemed AP Scholar Award winners, while students who completed and scored a 3 or higher in an AP Seminar and Research course and scored a 3 or higher on four additional AP courses were recognized with an AP Capstone Diploma.

Frisco ISD had 3,178 or 38 percent of the students who took AP Exams earn an AP Scholar Award or AP Capstone Award.

Click here to learn more about the FISD Advanced Placement program.

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The 411 on your one million Collin County TX neighbors #collincounty #demographics

Did you know that Collin County is the fastest growing county in Texas?
Collin County is also one of the top growth counties in the United States

Let’s bring you up to speed on Collin County

McKinney is the county seat, and Collin County is 848 square miles of land and 38 square miles of water.
The population in 2010 was 782,341.

By 2018, Collin County had grown to more than one million people. According to the county, 80 move in every day. The average taxable home value is $344,382.

There are more females than males in Collin County at 51 percent female, 49 percent male.
The median age is 36.5 years.
Ten percent are 65.
Twenty-eight percent are under age 18.
The average family size is 3.3.
The median family income is $105,954.
Registered voters amounted to 590,266 but voter turnout in November 2019 was 11 percent.

Between 2010 and 2019, more than 202,000 jobs were added in Collin County.
Education services, healthcare and social assistance industries employed almost 20 percent in Collin County.
Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management services industries made up 16.4 percent.

Of your employed neighbors, 84 percent were private wage and salary workers
Ten percent are government workers
and 5.8 percent self-employed.
The average commute time is about 29 minutes.

In Collin County, 51 percent of those 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher, far outpacing the state and national figure that hover between 26 and 28 percent.

Since you asked, the annual per capita income ($41,609) of your neighbors is more than 25 percent higher than the national rate;

The median family income in 2017 ($105,954) is about 33 percent higher than the U.S. median income.

The county median household income was estimated at $90,124 by 2017.

Less than one percent of county households were estimated to have received public cash assistance in 2017
An estimated 6.9 percent of individuals here were living below the Federal Poverty Level in 2017.

Collin County had a 94-percent occupancy rate for the 320,000-plus housing units.
Two-thirds of occupied housing are owner-occupied, with 32 percent rented out.
Traditional married-couple families make up 60 percent of total households.

The median monthly housing cost for an owner with a mortgage is $1,884 ($725 for owners without a mortgage) and $1,119 a month for the median rent.
Two thirds of these homes – about 117,000 – were built in 2000 or later.

Student in local schools total more than 260,500 who are ages 3 and up.

Schools estimate there are 32,000 in preschool or kindergarten.
About 173,000 are in first through 12 grade.
College and grad school students number 54,000.

If you just moved in, welcome to Collin County, Texas.
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Source: U.S. Census U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey
and CollinCountyTX.gov

Scholarships: Frisco Education Foundation recipients series @friscoisd #classof2020

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Slideshow https://youtu.be/9B7UwwL2_y4

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Congrats Class of 2020 Frisco Education Foundation scholarship recipients

Congrats to Class of 2020. For information on Scholarships, go to Frisco Education Foundation website.

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