The purpose of this letter is to inform school districts and open-enrollment charter schools of exciting new online mathematics and reading resources that are available to students, parents, and teachers beginning August 24, 2012, and continuing to August 31, 2013.
The new TEA program entitled Texas Students Using Curriculum Content to Ensure Sustained Success (Texas SUCCESS) provides access to interactive math and reading programs for Texas public school students in grades 3-8 under the Student Success Initiative (SSI). The two interactive Math and Reading programs respectively are:
• Think Through Math will provide the online interactive math program which includes live bilingual tutors to engage and assist students as they work to strengthen their math concepts.
• Istation will provide the online interactive reading program which includes engaging, interactive content in a game-like format.
These online programs support students at all skill levels and, more importantly, encourage and enable progress and achievement as students move through the activities and curriculum. Each program will assess individual students according to his/her skill level and then automatically assign and deliver appropriate curriculum tailored to that student's abilities. Meaningful reporting tools available through both programs inform teachers and parents when an intervention is needed or confirm that the student is on the right path. With free 24/7 access to these online adaptive programs at school and at home, teachers, students and parents will be equipped with the necessary tools to build confidence and promote academic success.
TEA has designated a SSI Support Center at Region 20 Education Service Center to establish a single web portal from which students, parents, and schools may access resources from both Texas SUCCESS providers. A series of webinars, presentations, and training opportunities will be provided to acquaint educators and other stakeholders with the various components of these online resources and provide information on the enrollment process. The SSI Support Center will work with districts and both Texas SUCCESS providers and share materials that can be sent home to parents informing them of the online resources and instructions on how to access the resources from home.
For additional information and to sign up for these resources, visit www.texassuccess.org. To contact the SSI Support Center email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877.315.4918 (toll free).
Also this fall, TEA will provide Student Success Initiative formula grants (SSIG) to districts based on the number of students in grades 5 and 8 during the 2011-2012 school year that scored below the average state raw score on STAAR in reading and/or math. Districts will have the flexibility to use the funds to carry out programs to provide intensive, targeted interventions for students in grades K-12 who have been identified as at-risk for academic difficulties in the core content areas. Information regarding the SSIG will be released in September 2012