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April 15, 2011
SBOE approves standards for new technology courses
AUSTIN – Because of the changing nature of computer science and the digital environment, the State Board of Education today gave final approval to a substantial revision and expansion of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Applications for kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as to 13 high school courses.
The new curriculum standards will be implemented in 2012 -2013. These replace standards in use in Texas classrooms since 1998.
Because of the evolving and expanding nature of technology, the board is considering ultimately expanding the number of high school level technology application classes from the current eight to a total of 19.
Some of the new courses for which curriculum standards were approved today are Robotics Programming and Development, Game Programming and Design, Mobile Application Development, and Digital Design and Media Production.
The board delayed adopting standards for six high school courses until July so the board members could continue to review and consider input they received during the public comment period. Those courses are Fundamentals of Computer Science; Computer Science I, II, III; Discrete Mathematics; and Web Game Development.
All the Technology Application TEKS are organized around six strands: creativity and innovation; communications and collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking, problem solving and decision making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts.
More information about the curriculum standards update is available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=8192 .
In a precedent setting move, the board also voted to penalize publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $12,000 for making unauthorized updates to instructional materials adopted under Proclamation 2010. The publisher made updates to adopted materials for English Language Arts, grade 1; reading, grades 2-8; and Literature I-IV without SBOE approval.
Because textbooks and other instructional materials undergo rigorous review prior to state adoption, board rule requires that the SBOE approve any content change made to materials after they have been state-adopted.
The board also agreed to extend the investment counsel services contract with NEPC for four years. The firm provides investment guidance for the $25 billion Permanent School Fund.
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