SBOE to Meet Next Week

The State Board of Education (SBOE) will convene in Austin next week to discuss several issues of interest to school board members.

The SBOE is expected to adopt the Math Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In January, the Board amended the proposed Math TEKS to include a requirement that allows the new standards to be implemented in the classroom only if the Board and the legislature have made new instructional materials available to teachers and students in 2014.

A public hearing regarding the proposed Math TEKS will be held on Wednesday, April 18, starting at 2 p.m. If you are interested in testifying, contact the Texas Education Agency State Board of Education Support Office by close of business Monday, April 16. The contact number is 512.463.9007.

The Board will also discuss the ramifications of the November 2011 passage of Proposition 6, the constitutional amendment that allows for increased distributions from the Permanent School Fund to support appropriations for public education.

The Committee on Instruction will also discuss standardized testing and the move to the state's new standardized tests.

The Board will meet beginning at 9 a.m. on April 18-20 at the William B. Travis Building in Austin. A full agenda is available here.

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