Texas Students To Receive State-Of-The-Art Supplemental Science Learning Materials
Released on: August 12, 2011, 3:52 pm
Daren Pickering, SciTEX Learning
Students from 5th through 12th grade will, this school year,
have internet learning assistance to improve their science grades.
In June, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) had panels of assessors reviewing internet
learning submissions from a number of companies. The subject matter review experts
on these panels determined which submissions were compliant with the new science
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) statements, which include 5th through
8th grade as well as high school Biology, Chemistry, Physics and IPC. Following the
reviews the Commissioner, Robert Scott, recommended a list for adoption by the Texas
State Board of Education (SBOE). On July 22, 2011 the SBOE voted to adopt a number
of submissions. From the adopted list, schools can elect to purchase access to the
software that they feel will suit their students best.
For students, these interactive learning programs will include; virtual experiments,
animated simulations and instantly marked assessments, all designed to motivate
students to explore the world of science.
In the present economic climate it must be good news that this dynamic learning
material is available to Texas students at a fraction of the cost of traditional
One of the systems adopted has been created by Texas entrepreneur, Tim Brown.
Tim, the President of Technical Laboratory Systems, has funded a partnership between
his Texas-based team and a world leading company in the design of e-learning
materials, to produce learning programs for all eight grade levels that are totally
compliant with the new science TEKS*.
It is Tim’s opinion that this new TEA initiative creates a real possibility that
more Texas students will succeed in school science and then choose to follow careers
in science, technology or engineering.
“As a provider of technical education equipment to Texas schools and colleges for
more than thirty years, I have been saddened to see the decline in the number of
quality students opting for careers in technology and engineering. Middle and High
School science is the bedrock for college studies in science, technology and
engineering. Science teachers, who do their utmost to motivate students, will find
that difficult task so much easier with this software. It was a logical step for me
to invest in new technology to improve the prospects of our young students. Here in
Texas we have world leading companies in all the technological areas, if we cannot
provide them with the skilled and innovative workforce that they require, they will
be forced to go elsewhere.”
Academics have lobbied hard for our policymakers to address the state’s declining
SAT scores and maybe their message is being heard. Perhaps this new initiative by
the TEA will go some way to ease the concerns of many in Texas, that the present
financial constraints will damage the prospects for our schoolchildren.
* SciTEX Learning is now available on the Texas Education Agency's EMAT onine
ordering system. For more information about the SciTEX Learning supplemental science
resources or to take a look at some of them online, please see the
Contact Details: SciTEX Learning,
Technical Laboratory Systems
P.O. Box 218609
Houston, TX 77218
Toll-Free: (800) 445-1088
Local: (281) 391-7010
Fax: (281) 391-1113
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