MSTAR Universal Screener
The Texas Education Agency has announced the 2011-2012 administration dates for the Middle-School Students in Texas Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screener. The fall administration window was August 29-September 27, 2011. The winter administration window will be January 2-31, 2012. Because Semester One ends in January, Grades 7 and 8 at Montgomery Junior High are encouraged to complete the screener and upload answers prior to any updates that Semester Two will bring. The spring administration window will be April 2-May 9, 2012. The MSTAR Universal Screener is a formative assessment system administered to students in grades 5-8 to support instructional decisions. The results of the MSTAR Universal Screener (first administered during 2010-2011) can help teachers identify students who are in need of additional instructional support in their development of knowledge and skills that relate directly to algebra readiness.
Mathematics TEKS Review Update
The State Board of Education has begun the process for the review and revision of the mathematics TEKS. SBOE-appointed committees will make recommendations for the revision in late 2011, with adoption expected to take place in spring 2012. The revised mathematics TEKS are scheduled to be implemented in the fall of 2013. Visit the Mathematics TEKS webpage at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147499971 for updates and information related to the mathematics TEKS review.
Over 9000 free mathematics clip art images for use when creating activities and assessments can be located at the following website:
Teacher Resources for Model Drawing
Teacher resources for use in introducing students to the Model Drawing process from Singapore Math are located here. These were provided to the district following staff development Dec. 1-2, 2011, by SDE's Ricky Mikelman. Credit should be given to fellow American teacher J. Beall who created the Model Drawing Templates 1 and 2.
Teacher Resources for Early Numeracy
These resources were provided to the district following staff development Dec. 1-2, 2011, by SDE's Ricky Mikelman, and include sites she and others have found useful in early numeracy instruction.