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Texas Administrators' ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

Texas Administrators' ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

We know you have been hard at work making sure everything this school year goes off without a hitch but there may be a few things that still need to be buttoned up. Not to fear! To support you, we’ve put together this blog post, which takes a closer look at Texas’ ESSA goals and provides you with a curated list of our best resources.

Boost TEKS Mastery and STAAR Achievement

Building foundational reading and math skills and increasing the number of students who meet and master grade level standards on the STAAR is an ongoing challenge. Utilize the guides below to take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Formative Assessment Workbook

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our Formative Assessment workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. Its planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Reading & Literacy

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach. 

Blended Learning Workbook

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district or school's blended learning program started.

Blog: 10 Creative Ways to Formatively Assess Your Students

This fun, GIF-filled blog post is great to share with teachers to help them get some fresh, creative ideas for ways they could assess students!

Address Achievement Gaps and Support English Learners and Special Education Students

By tying 30% of each school's accountability score to the Closing the Gaps measure, Texas demonstrates its commitment to educating all students. The resources below provide strategies for meeting the needs of special student populations.

Special Populations Program Planning Worksheet

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

Personalized Learning Workbook

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

ELL Blog Collection

This collection of blogs addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, preparing ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more.

Special Education Blog Collection

This collection of blogs address topics like dyslexia, navigating IEP meetings, ADHD, and trends in special education.

Support Graduation Rates

Texans should be proud to boast one of the nation's highest graduation rates, and ambitious long-term goals mean ramping up efforts to help students who fall behind get back on track. Make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students can see a path to graduation.

Credit Recovery Workbook

Our Credit Recovery workbook will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Ensure College and Career Readiness

Connecting high school to college and career is a key way that Texas will be able to achieve its 60x30 goal --that by the year 2030 60% of Texans age 25-34 will hold some type of secondary credential so that the workforce will be better equipped to meet the needs of the future job market.

CTE Planning Workbook

97% of Texas Career and Technical Education high school students graduated, 95% met performance goals for mathematics, and 92% for reading/language arts during the 2015-2016 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. It's clear that CTE programs improve outcomes for Texas students, which is why CTE remains a top TEA priority. Use our CTE workbook to plan a new program or as a guide to augment your current one.

Online Curriculum

Online curriculum can open a world of college and career focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement, CTE, or even TSI, SAT, or ACT assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways online curriculum can be used, and even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

Virtual Learning

For a growing number of schools, a virtual implementation may help your school or district offer more flexible and expansive course options to serve populations in need. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

Looking for online programs to help your school or district improve outcomes for all students? Check out Edmentum's suite of K-12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum and see why over 1,900 Texas schools partner with us.

This blog post was originally published on April 26, 2018.

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