CSSS Member Directory


Texas
Texas Education Agency Texas Education Agency

CSSS Member Information:

Irene PickhardtIrene Pickhardt
Statewide Science Coordinator
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1494

Email
512-463-9581

Organizational Structure:
Local Control

State Education Demographics

  • Number of K-12 Students: 4,651,500 who are primarily Hispanic (47%), White (35%), and African American (14%). About 55% are economic disadvantaged and 17% are limited English proficient.
  • Number of School Administrative Units: 1,031 Districts and 198 Charter Operators; 8,195 campuses; including 321,700 teachers who earn an average of $47,000 annually.

Standards Resources:  Curriculum and Instruction

Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II Chapter 112. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II Chapter 112. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science

  • Information: The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), K-12, were last adopted in 1998. New science curriculum standards (TEKS) were developed in 2008. Final approval of new science TEKS scheduled for March 2009, with implementation tentatively scheduled for September 2010.

State Science Assessment Information

  • Given at what grades: The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Elementary Science at Grade 5; TAKS Middle School Science at Grade 8; TAKS High School Science (Biology and Integrated Physics and Chemistry) at grade 10; Exit Level Science TAKS at Grade 11 (High Stakes); Beginning in 2011-2012, high School TAKS will become End of Course (EOC) assessments for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  • Time of Year: April 30, 2009
  • Type of Assessment: Multiple Choice
  • First Operational Date: TAKS became operational in 1999, however, it was preceded by the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) which added Science at Grade 8 in 1995; End of Course (EOC) exams in high school Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are currently voluntary. EOC exams will be required beginning with the freshman class of 2011-2012.

Texas Education Agency - Student Assessment Texas Education Agency - Student Assessment