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Saturday, November 15, 2008

First revision of Texas science standards not posted yet

I was told that the first revision of the proposed Texas science standards (Science TEKS) was expected to be posted online by Wednesday and it still has not been posted. The state board of education is scheduled to review this first revision in a Nov. 19-21 meeting. To those who wish to comment, I recommend submitting now whatever comments or additional comments that you want to make regarding the original proposed standards. Follow the instructions here for submitting comments. Background info is in the two "Texas controversy" post label groups in the sidebar.



Anonymous Michael said...

Not surprising for a delay in getting those proposed science standards online. It's a sign, there might have been a battle going on. Plus public schools tend not to be that organized with efficiency.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 12:11:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

What do you mean, "there might have been a battle going on" -- we know that there has been a big battle going on.

This is the second big delay. In the first delay, the Texas Education Agency did not start accepting comments until about four weeks after the original proposed science standards were released and just days before the first revision of the proposed standards was completed. To make matters worse, the TEA initially requested that the comments be submitted on a PDF form that does not allow saving or emailing user-entered data. There was simply no time or not enough time for comments to be reviewed by the standards-drafting committees and the special 6-member review panel.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Your right there, they are not allowing a reasonable amount of time for public imput to be considered.

Like I said, organization is not a strong suit in public schools. There is a great need for decent organization when it comes to handling issues of government education, so that way the public's comments would be attended to.

I'll try to look on the bright side with this one, maybe it will improve once the first draft proposal becomes public online.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 5:24:00 PM  

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