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TCTM Government Relations Update
Fall/Winter 2020
Dr. Paul Gray, Government Relations Representative 2019-2020

The Texas Legislature is not in session and the State Board of Education has not addressed issues relating to mathematics
education. COVID-19 has created significant issues for all of public education which then affect mathematics teachers and
students.

State Board of Education

TEKS Revision plan was revised in September 2019. CTE courses that qualify for mathematics credit will be considered
alongside mathematics TEKS review and revision.
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TEKS Review in 2021-22 school year
TEKS Adoption in 2022-23 school year
Instructional materials review in 2023-24 school year
Instructional materials adoption in 2024-25 school year
Instructional materials and revised TEKS implementation 2025-26 school year

The Texas Legislature convenes in January 2021 and may pass legislation that requires the SBOE to adjust their TEKS
Revision plan. If that happens, we will keep this board informed.

COVID-19 Related Issues

The big questions center around (1) what will the start of school look like and (2) will we administer STAAR® in Spring
2021? Since the current COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly, it is difficult to predict exactly what will happen as
August approaches. To date, TEA has provided guidance for school districts to prepare to provide in-person instruction
and has declared their intention to administer STAAR® as scheduled in the 2020-2021 school year. In a highly dynamic
situation, it is more important than ever to keep current with changing information. Subscribing to TEA's listserve
(https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTEA/subscriber/new/) is one way you can stay informed. As well, TEA
posts their correspondence to superintendents on their website, https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/
correspondence.

2020 and Beyond

2020 is an election year. We have national elections as well as elections for half of the Texas Senate and all of the Texas
House. The 86th Texas Legislature in 2019 was particularly friendly to Texas public education, an outcome that many
policy analysts attribute to teachers and their families showing up in force to elect new representatives that were
more friendly to education. Legislative leaders seem to have gotten the hint and followed suit with education-friendly
legislation.
Please ensure that you, your family, and friends are registered to vote (https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/) and
plan to participate in the general election on November 3.

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