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TEA Updates
Fall/Winter 2020
Jo Ann Bilderback, Director of Mathematics, Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
Mathematics Achievement Academies - The Mathematics Academies for kindergarten - grade 3 will continue to be
available for the 2020-2021 school year. All teachers who provide classroom instruction in mathematics to students in
these grades will be eligible to attend an academy. This includes special education, bilingual, and ESL teachers. State
law requires TEA to grant priority for academy participation to teachers at campuses with 50% or more educationally
disadvantaged students. Check with your regional Education Service Center (ESC) for available training sessions.
ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments - The ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners are part
of a formative assessment system administered to students in grades 2-8 to support instructional decisions. The content
of the screeners is based on algebra-readiness skills as identified in the Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points. The
results can help teachers identify if students are at-risk for algebra readiness.
The ESTAR/MSTAR windows for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:
Universal Screener
August 24 - October 11, 2020
January 11 - February 12, 2021
April 19 - May 14, 2021

Diagnostic Assessments
August 31 - October 23, 2020
January 18 - February 29, 2021
April 26 - May 21, 2021

Online training courses for the ESTAR/MSTAR assessment system are available at http://texasmathsupportcenter.org/. For
questions concerning ESTAR/MSTAR, please contact the help desk at mathtx@esc13.net or 1-855-462-8489.
Interim Assessments - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created free, optional online interim assessments that
align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The STAAR Interim Assessments are a TEA-provided tool
to help educators tailor instructional practice to address students' needs. These assessments are available at no cost to
districts and they are not tied to accountability. Additional information about Interim Assessments can be found at
http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/IA/.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) - PAEMST awards are the highest
honors bestowed by the U.S. Government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. The Awards were
established by Congress in 1983. Each president since then has recognized up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. The
National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of
mathematics and science education.
The 2021 competition is scheduled to open in the fall for teachers who teach math or science in grades 7-12. This includes
teachers who teach computer science other courses that satisfy a math or science credit for graduation. Teachers can sign
up to apply or be nominated. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by the deadline will earn
25 hours of CPE credit. To sign up, apply, or find information about the awards, teachers can visit www.paemst.org. In
Texas, questions can be sent to tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov.
Since the PAEMST awards began in 1983, more than 4,400 teachers across the nation have been recognized for their
contributions to mathematics and science education. Presidential Awardees receive a citation signed by the president
of the United States, a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development
opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Bridget Matamoros-Mota was named the Texas PAEMST national awardee.
Bridget Matamoros-Mota began her teaching career at John H. Guyer High School
12 years ago. She currently serves as the Mathematics Department Chair teaching
11th and 12th grade Statistics, Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics, and dual credit
Statistics.
The official press release from the White House is available online. Information
about all national awardees is available on the PAEMST website
www.paemst.org/awardees.
Bridget Matamoros-Mota
2019 Secondary Math Awardee
Denton ISD

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