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TEA Science Update:  Corpus Christi, Texas June 23, 2005 Presented by: Chris Castillo Comer Director of Science TEA Science Update Slide2:  What’s NEW? Pre-K Science! Early Start Science Literacy Grants $110 Thousand Dollars in grants Science materials and training in student literacy with a science focus! TEA ENDORSED HEAD START SCIENCE PROGRAMS Abram’s & Company Delta Education: Pre-Kindergarten Kit Lakeshore Products: Ready to Read Early Science Kit Curriculum Changes :  Curriculum Changes Changes were made to math TEKS, ELA TEKS revision is going on now… Increased Expectations for High School Performance Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) define all courses including PE and the Arts More rigorous graduation plans now in effect for all students including Personal Graduation Plans (PGP) Encouragement for the RHSP and the DAP TEXAS grant program AEIS status The Burning Question…:  The Burning Question… What about Statewide Science TAKS Results? Slide6:  Science TAKS Results 2005 Overall Results Elementary Science:  Elementary Science OBJECTIVES 2003 2004 2005 1: Nature of Science 76% 83% 86% 2: Life Sciences 74% 79% 81% 3: Physical Sciences 66% 74% 78% 4: Earth Sciences 53% 60% 67% Commended Performance: ’03  ’04  ’05 4%  16% 26% A 64% pass rate for English Science TAKS; Only 23% of the fifth grade students passed the Spanish Science TAKS. More Elementary students failed the science portion of the TAKS test than any other subject. TAKS Grade 5 Blueprint:  TAKS Grade 5 Blueprint Elementary Science— Questions to ask…:  Elementary Science— Questions to ask… Is science taught K-5th grades? How much time per week is spent on science instruction, on lab and field experiences? Do students have opportunities to use the tools in TEKS #4? How much professional development have each of your teachers received in science? Are ALL children getting enough hands-on science instruction with concrete experiences in science? Are mentoring programs available for teachers? High School Science:  High School Science Met Standard: Science—54% Math—58% Social Studies—84% Eng. Lang. Arts—67% Commended Performance: 8% High School Science:  High School Science Commended Performance: Science—5% Math—16% Social Studies—25% Eng. Lang. Arts—20% Met Standard: Science—71% Math—72% Social Studies—91% Eng. Lang. Arts—87% High School TAKS Blueprint:  High School TAKS Blueprint Judging Student Performance:  Judging Student Performance Look at the range of your students’ performances based on their scale scores. Do more students have a scale score closer to 2100 (threshold for passing) than to 2400 (commended performance)? Remember that for all tests (except for 2005 Exit Level), the scale scores were set at 2100 for passing and 2400 for Commended Performance. In 2006 all tests will have these scale scores. Slide14:  8th grade TAAS TAAS was Tested at grade 8 for the LAST time in Spring of 2002! Middle School TAKS is Coming! Assessment: When Can We Capture their Excitement Again?:  When Can We Capture their Excitement Again? Slide17:  When Will Our Students Study the Earth Sciences Again? Slide18:  When can We Inspire them again? Slide19:  Critical knowledge and skills are INTRODUCED in Middle School Conceptual strands are brought to LOGICAL CONCLUSION in Middle School SUCCESS on Exit Level Assessments depends on Middle School Middle School determines student GRADUATION PLANS CAREER CHOICES are influenced by middle school Girls in particular form ATTITUDES about science in Middle School Why Is a Strong Science Program Important at the Middle School Level? Middle School TAKS:  Students did fairly well on field test; Included Student Expectations from Grades 6, 7, & 8; Students especially need help in Earth Science concepts and Physical Science concepts; also understanding food webs. Grade 8 First assessed: Thursday, 4/20/06 Included in accountability ratings in 2008; Increase in the Recognized standard from 75% to 80%. postponed until ’09 to take into account the inclusion of Middle School Science TAKS. Commended Performance included in ’07. A Focus Group will be formed to make recommendations. Middle School TAKS Slide21:  “Hard Copy” will be printed and delivered to schools in August Web version scheduled: July 15th Highlights: 5-6 items per objective Guidance on Equipment TEKS #4(A) TAKS Middle School Information Booklets Grade 8 Middle School TAKS Blueprint:  Middle School TAKS Blueprint Highlights: Objective 1:  Highlights: Objective 1 Nature of Science: maps, including contour maps; Extrapolation including percentages, averages, range and frequency to be calculated Precise measurements from beakers, graduated cylinders, balances, thermometers will be necessary At The Middle School Level Students Should Collect, analyze, and record information using tools including ….:  At The Middle School Level Students Should Collect, analyze, and record information using tools including …. Beakers Petri dishes Meter Sticks Graduated cylinders Weather instruments Hot plates Spring scales Magnets Microscopes Telescopes Field equipment AND this is NOT the complete list! Slide25:  Resources for Objective 1 Science Safety Also available online: www.tenet.edu/teks/science/safety Highlights: Objective 2:  Highlights: Objective 2 Local examples along with regions in Texas and global food webs will be given The role of DNA in containing all genetic material rather than the molecular structure Punnett Squares will be used to predict genetic outcomes Students should know that human activity, both negative and positive, may result in environmental consequences and that there are degrees of consequences. Slide27:  Released Item: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/release/index.html Highlights: Objective 3:  Highlights: Objective 3 Students should be able to recognize the elements of common compounds including water, salt, sugar, and chemical symbols of those elements; Endothermic and Exothermic Chemical reactions; Students won’t be required to balance chemical equations but will be required to identify rearrangement of atoms; Specific heat as a property of a substance, basic applications of specific heat, such as why the oceans hold heat better than large landmasses should be understood Highlights: Objective 4:  Highlights: Objective 4 Room temperature, boiling point and freezing points in Celsius will be provided but must be understood Kinetic and potential energy transformation; Forms of energy: heat, chemical, mechanical, & electrical; Speed and motion and simple calculations; Waves: Electromagnetic, sound, seismic, and water; Wave characteristics: wavelength, frequency, & amplitude; Highlights: Objective 5::  Highlights: Objective 5: The principles of plate tectonics: Rift valleys and seafloor spreading may be included; General terms for phases of the moon, such as full moon and quarter moon, will be included; Endangerment of species as well as extinction may be included; Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources will be included. Students should be able to understand that the energy that drives weather systems originates from the sun. Slide31:  Released Item: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/release/index.html “Unbundled TEKS”:  For example, TEKS 8.10(B) states, “The student knows that complex interactions occur between matter and energy. The student is expected to describe interactions among solar, weather, and ocean systems. Students may be asked a question about solar and weather system interactions. “Unbundled TEKS” Resources::  Resources: www.aaas.org www.nsta.org These National Science Documents help to understand the content that is contained in the TEKS Critical Knowledge and Skills—In Grade 6 Students Are…:  Critical Knowledge and Skills—In Grade 6 Students Are… Introduced to chemical change Learn to work with serious laboratory equipment equipment such as test tubes, beakers, telescopes and computer probes for the first time! Use percent, average, range, and frequency applied in identifying patterns in collected information! Apply concepts of force and motion to volcanic activity and uplifting! At 7th Grade, Students…:  At 7th Grade, Students… Study potential and kinetic energy Are introduced to photosynthesis Learn the foundation for Genetics and Homeostasis Learn how compounds different from elements Investigate ecological succession 8th Grade students…:  8th Grade students… Learn Interactions among solar, weather, and ocean systems Are introduced to specific heat Investigate Exothermic and Endothermic reactions Can describe Interdependence in Systems Steps to Strengthening Middle School Science::  Steps to Strengthening Middle School Science: To the TEKS! Pick and choose sections of your textbooks—don’t try to teach whole book “clump” TEKS together around topic themes Vertically Talk to the grades above and below STEP #1 ALIGN REMEMBER: The Role of Untested TEKS in Student Understanding:  REMEMBER: The Role of Untested TEKS in Student Understanding Untested: 5.12(D) Identify gravity as the force that keeps planets in orbit around the Sun and the moon in orbit around the Earth. Tested 5.12(C) Identify the physical characteristics of the Earth… Gravity is responsible for many of Earth’s physical characteristics! What can Teachers Do? :  What can Teachers Do? REVIEW ALL TEKS STATEMENTS: Interpret each into learning experiences for students Attend staff development in identified areas of need TEACH THE TEKS: Determine what mastery would “look like” in the classroom Think about interventions that might be used with struggling students Develop a variety of ways to explore each Student Expectation Use technology often STEP # 2 TEACH for DEEP Understanding:  STEP # 2 TEACH for DEEP Understanding Are Students really “Doing” Inquiry based Science? Are you using labs for the Tested TEKS? Do students: View themselves as scientists? Exhibit curiosity? Propose explanations? Raise questions? Use observation? Instructional Time:  Instructional Time Grades 9-12: minimum of 40% of instructional time spent on lab and field investigations TEKS #1, Mandated Chapter 74 Curriculum Requirements Grades K-8: research recommends 60%+ STEP # 3 Assess for Deep Understanding:  STEP # 3 Assess for Deep Understanding Use Embedded Assessment DAILY Listen to discussion in student workgroup Use higher order questioning techniques Observe students’ ease in carrying out investigations Use feedback mechanisms like whiteboards Benchmark RARELY Middle School Counselors Need to Know:  Middle School Counselors Need to Know All students should plan to take at least 3 years of science in H.S. Students’ Math skills should NOT dictate placement in science courses Enrollment in Honors and Pre-AP programs should reflect diversity of school population IPC at Gr. 8 is not recommended 3-year gap between course and Exit TAKS Mobility of student population Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher (2000):  Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher (2000) Most secondary students plan to attend a four year college, more than parents and teachers think plan to attend… 71% of secondary students plan to attend a 4 year college. 52% of parents think their child will attend a 4 year college. Secondary teachers think that 32% plan to attend a 4 year college. Set High Expectations What can Administrators do to prepare?:  What can Administrators do to prepare? Conduct analysis about current status and ensure TEKS are implemented and taught; Provide information to students regarding high school courses, college entrance requirements, and skills/knowledge for careers Align curriculum, instruction, assessment, and instructional materials Provide professional development with follow-up/support throughout the school year Consult with your ESC, with TEA, and others for guidance and/or questions Policy Implications for Middle School:  Policy Implications for Middle School Align with Elementary and High School Curricula Be wary of Test Prep Materials Stress the Earth Science concepts For students who will be on the Biology, Chemistry, Physics sequence in High School: strengthen the teaching of Physical Science IPC or Biology at grade 8 is not recommended: Serious gap before the 10th and Exit Level tests Recommended Resources:  Recommended Resources Available from the ESC IV: Bridging Module1--Light and Optics K-8 Gateways: Earth Science Training Available from the DANA CENTER: Middle School TEXTEAMS Institutes Safety Training Online Science Toolkit Middle School TEKS fold-outs and charts www.tenet.edu/teks/science Recommended Resources:  Recommended Resources Available from the Texas Regional Collaboratives Training in Bridging, IPC TQ Module Mentoring for Teachers http://regcol.edb.utexas.edu Available from TEA Science Staff: Guidelines for Field Experiences Counselors and Administrators Guidelines Science Resources and Websites PowerPoint presentations Teacher Quality Grant Training SBOE approved programs:  Teacher Quality Grant Training SBOE approved programs Middle School Science II Module (Grade 8) EXTREME SCIENCE; Dr. L. Hodges UNT www.tcet.unt.edu/tegs http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/guides/study/index.html Integrated Chemistry and Physics (IPC) Module: IPC AT THE MOVIES; Dr. A. Foster; U of H http://www.coe.uh.edu/texasipc Science List Serve::  www.tea.state.tx.us/list/ Science List Serve: Slide51:  Texas Education Agency 512-463-9581 Irene Pickhardt Asst. Dir. of Science irene.pickhardt@tea.state.tx.us Chris Castillo-Comer Director of Science chris.comer@tea.state.tx.us

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