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The Science Faculty Collaborative has created videos demonstrating how the College and Career Readiness Standards relate to Science Education.

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CCRI Science Lesson Plans

The Science Collaborative is beginning an archive of downloadable science lesson plans which are specifically designed and developed to address CCRS components. This list will be updated regularly.

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Evaluating CCRS Implementation Using Surveys of Enacted Curriculum

The University of Texas at Tyler undertook a project to support faculty in the integration of the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) into middle and secondary science teacher preparation programs at the University of Texas at Tyler and across Texas by using Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) to code and assess the alignment of the CCRS with the Science TEKS in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

pdfClick here to view the final report32.31 KB

 

Perspectives in Geographic and Scientific Literacy

Presentations from the Perspectives in Geographic and Science Literacy symposium, held November 5th-6th in Grapevine, TX. This symposium addressed ways to create authentic learning and experiences for educators in Science and Social Studies. This symposium focused on geopolitical and environmental issues.

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Texas College and Career Readiness Standards

The College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) define the competencies and skills graduating high school students must possess in order to be successful in higher education and beyond.  The standards represent the best consensus of K-12 educators and higher education faculty.  Standards have been developed in four subject areas:  Mathematics, Science, English language arts, and Social Studies.  A fifth set of standards called cross disciplinary standards has also been developed.

pdfDownload the CCRS7.19 MB

 

TEKS and CCRS Alignment Analyses

Vertical teams of K-12 and higher education institution faculty have reviewed the degree of alignment between the new readiness standards and the current secondary school curriculum in mathematics, science, English language arts and social studies, noting any gaps between these two sets of standards in a series of gap analyses reports.  These gap analyses reports are now serving as the basis for the refinements to the existing K-12 knowledge and skills standards (TEKS).

pdfDownload the Gap Analysis Report140.79 KB

 

Important Questions for Structuring Science Instruction for ELLs

Veteran science educator and educational consultant Ron Rohac uses this unique question tree to help educators assess the direction of their ELL science or mathematics instruction.

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Coming Soon: Challenging Chemistry Concepts Videocasts

Dr. Kimberly Bilica and Dr. Lydia Martinez Rivera at the University of Texas-San Antonio are developing CCRS-based videocast (vodcast) modules covering various challenging chemistry concepts.  The videocasts will be targeted to current chemistry educators and educational researchers.

 

Coming Soon: How Does Preservice Preparation Affect Teachers’ Use of Project-Based Instruction?

Dr. Gail Dickinson and Dr. Emily Summers of Texas State University-San Marcos are conducting a longitudinal study to assess how specific instruction on project-based instruction (PBI) methods during preservice training impacts the instructional quality of inservice educators using the PBI method.  The researchers will also assess the receptiveness of students being taught using PBI to that form of instruction relative to specific teacher preservice training in PBI.

 

Coming Soon: Chemistry and Physics College Readiness Assessments

Dr. Orion Ciftja and Dr. Tamiko Porter at Prairie View A & M University are developing college readiness Physics and Chemistry assessment tests to be administered to undergraduate students taking Physics and Chemistry classes.  The Prairie View team will analyze test results to determine the college readiness level of freshman students in Physics and Chemistry, as well as the level of retention of knowledge by non-freshman undergraduate students.