State Board of Education April-May Update

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Elementary and Middle School language arts and reading TEKS set for adoption in May

The State Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on May 10 to consider final approval of changes to the English and Spanish language arts and reading curriculum standards for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Final approval for the high school English and Spanish language arts and reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) will be considered at the June 20-23 board meeting.

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Board members discuss changes to the curriculum standards.

Streamlined science standards given final approval

The State Board of Education in April gave final approval to streamlined science standards for kindergarten through high school.

Streamlining eliminates, clarifies or combines some standards without adding additional content.

Science is the first subject area to undergo a streamlining process.

This action came in response to comments from teachers who felt that there were too many standards, which made it difficult to teach all the content assigned to a specific grade level during the course of a school year.

The board considered about 70 amendments to the science standards during its April meeting, and approved most of them.

No revisions to math TEKS at this time

After six board discussions over a 17-month period to determine whether adjustments should be made to the mathematics curriculum standards implemented in 2012, the State Board of Education on April 21 voted 5-9 with one abstention to make no changes at this time.

The proposal considered would have removed references to mathematical process standards from the knowledge and skills statements in the mathematics standards for all grade levels.

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Dancers from Taft and Clark High Schools in San Antonio's Northside ISD performed at the April board meeting.

Summary of actions taken at April SBOE meeting posted

A summary of action taken at the April 21 State Board of Education general meeting is posted at

Reward outstanding volunteers with Heroes for Children award

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Volunteers make a difference in our Texas public schools every day. Whether it is tutoring a student, running parent organizations, stuffing envelopes or spearheading a bond drive, our schools would be very different places without them.

For 23 years, the State Board of Education has recognized 15 individual volunteers annually as Heroes for Children. One volunteer is selected from each board district.

Please take a moment and nominate the top volunteer on your campus for this recognition. Nominations are open through May 26. Nomination forms and more details can be found at

The award recipients will be recognized at the State Board of Education meeting on Sept. 15.

Recognize businesses and organizations for their school support too

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award. The annual award recognizes Texas employers who encourage and support employee participation in school activities.

 Any Texas employer is eligible, including private businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental and educational entities that meet the criteria.

Senate confirms Bahorich as SBOE chair

Donna Bahorich

The Texas Senate on March 14 unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Donna Bahorich as chair of the State Board of Education. The two-year appointment runs through Feb. 1, 2019.

“I’m honored that Gov. Abbott and the Texas Senate have affirmed their confidence in me to continue to chair the State Board of Education. Along with my fellow board members, I look forward to continuing our efforts to strengthen curriculum standards, approve high quality textbooks, increase transparency in both curriculum standards development and textbooks adoption, and provide oversight to the $37 billion Permanent School Fund,” Bahorich said.

SBOE vice chair wins alumni award

Marty Rowley

State Board of Education member Marty Rowley of Amarillo has been named an outstanding alumni of Eastern New Mexico University. Rowley earned a bachelor of science in business administration from ENMU in Portales, New Mexico.  Rowley has worked as a lawyer, pastor, and mediator since graduating from college and law school. He currently runs his own law firm, Marty L. Rowley, P.C., in Amarillo. Rowley was elected to the SBOE in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.

The alumni award was given by Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and Alumni Association.