New Math Standards for GISD Kindergarten – 8th Grade
The Mathematics standards for Texas, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), changed this year in kindergarten through eighth grade for the entire state. In 2012, the Texas State Board of Education approved revisions for the mathematics standards that would be fully implemented by the 2015-2016 school year. In order to support our students through this transition, Greenville ISD is implementing the new Math standards through a phase-in process which began with Kindergarten, first, and second grades in 2013 – 2014. This year’s phase-in includes implementing the new standards in third through eighth grade, while the 2015-2016 school year will bring standard updates for Algebra 1 through Pre-Calculus.
The changes to the mathematics TEKS at the state level were quite extensive and as a result the GISD Curriculum has been aligned to the new standards in math. In addition, new textbooks have been adopted in order to support the state’s new mathematics TEKS requirements.
Many standards are new to a grade level, noted with blue in the graphic, and were shifted from other grades. For example, in sixth grade mathematics, of the 55% of mathematics standards that are new, 29% of those were shifted down from seventh or eighth grade math or Algebra 1, and 26% are brand new to the Math TEKS, such as financial literacy.
Mastering the new TEKS will require students to use mathematics reasoning, analyzing mathematical relationships, and solving multi-step problems. Learning these new mathematical standards provides stronger number sense that fosters mathematical problem solving skills for future mathematics classes, college and career readiness and real-life application, as well as preparing them for STAAR questions
Resources for Teachers, Parents and Students
- Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points
- Vertical Alignment K-3 Document
- Vertical Alignment Grade 5 - Algebra Document
- Revised Math TEKS Side-by-Side: Math Models with Applications
- Revised Math TEKS Side-by-Side: PreCalculus
- Texas Education Agency Math Resources
- Think Through Math