I just wanted to give an update on the testimony given yesterday to the SBOE regarding the next revisions to the ELAR TEKS. Robbie and I were both present.
First, this was a wonderful joint effort by the other literacy organizations in Texas. We put in a lot of man hours to craft what standards in Texas would look like to be interconnected 21st century literacies, less burdensome for teachers, prepare students to be college and career readiness, and align better with assessments...but I feel we hit the nail right on the head! The suggested framework was very well received by the members of the board. They all agreed that it would be sent to the Expert Reviewers. What will be decided on Friday will be whether it stays as just a resource for the writing committees or if it will actually be used as THE framework for the TEKS. Wow, WOW! I am still riding my happy wave that we have been able to make such an impact on these revisions. Even some of the most steadfast members of the board were complementary of the framework and its potential influence on the changes to literacy in Texas. The coalition was also asked to be available during the review to offer suggestions along the way.
I have attached three documents for you to look over. You will find the Framework, the Joint Letter of Agreement from the coalition members, and the transcript of the testimony given by us. We had asked to be able to speak one after each other so we could build our case.
Here is a link to watch the testimony. I know you are busy but it is really unbelievable! Especially during the question/answer part after the four of us presented. http://streaming.aanet.org/ramgen/tea/TEA_FB071515-3.rm
September will be the next board meeting, and I will keep you updated as well at that time.