Sep 13, 2019 by

“What Progress Are Our Texas Public Schools Making?”

By Donna Garner


Is there any progress being made in our Texas public schools?  Are the Commissioner and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) earning their salaries?  Are the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) making wise decisions? 

If you have been asking these questions, now you can see for yourselves; and other states may want to take notice also.

Because HB 3 (as passed in the last Texas legislative session) contains so may new laws pertaining to education, the TEA has set about implementing each one of these new laws. Each Thursday the TEA is releasing a video of no more than 30 minutes in length that explains each new facet of HB 3 as implemented. 

Here is the link to the HB 3 page: https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Government_Relations_and_Legal/Government_Relations/House_Bill_3


When you get to the above link, you can look on the right side of the page to see a list of each of the already released HB 3 videos; but I particularly want to draw your attention to the video released yesterday on Sept. 12 – READING PRACTICEShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SwCb2Oq_KE

This excellent video explains how the new requirement in HB 3 regarding the scientific reading research (e.g., phonemic awareness, phonics) is being implemented into every Texas public school (including charters).


The next exciting TEA website is TxSchools.gov:  https://txschools.gov/ 

This website is dedicated to the A – F Report Card accountability system that is now in place in Texas. You will find explicit information about each school and/or campus by clicking on the various Browse buttons. You can now browse by Texas Schools, Texas Districts, utilize the map feature, search by street addresses, filter for the A – F ratings, etc.   


Another very informative TEA website is TEKSGuide.org: https://www.teksguide.org/home 

This site (in the Beta stage) presently contains the new English / Language Arts / Reading TEKS (curriculum standards) that are being implemented this school year in K-8. The ELAR/TEKS for Grades 9 – 12 to be implemented in the fall of 2020 will be added to this site soon as well as other subject area TEKS as new ones are adopted by the SBOE.

This site has amazing links to help the public (as well as educators) to know exactly what each TEKS element means, what it looks like in practice, how it will be tested on the STAAR/EOC tests, and on and on.  The “Tour the TEKS Guide” video on the home page will explain how the page can be utilized. On the side of each page is a Feedback tab where people are invited to leave their specific concerns. Since this site is in the Beta stage, the Feedback comments will help the TEA to improve the site.


Please go to this site (http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea ) in the next several days when the link is posted to watch the archived video of the SBOE General Meeting, Sept. 13, 2019 in which Texas Commissioner of Education at the beginning of the meeting acquainted the Board as well as the public with the various features of these newly developed TEA websites.

Parents, educators, and the general public now have full transparency about what the Texas State Board of Education, the Texas Commissioner of Education, and the Texas Education Agency are doing to help the public schools (including charters) to offer our Texas students the best education possible.  

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