Science TEKS Review Process - FAQ

  1. When are content advisors selected, when do they meet, is it public, in Austin or virtually?
  2. When are the Work Groups selected and what is the process for their meetings?
  3. When content advisors make recommendations to the work groups, are there check-ins with advisors to gauge progress, problems with the recommendations…is that public?

1. When are content advisors selected, when do they meet, is it public, in Austin or virtually?

  • Content Advisors have been appointed and once contracts with the science advisors have been executed, then their names and short biographies will be posted on the science revision page. Content advisors will provide initial feedback on the current TEKS.
  • They will meet in December or January as a group in Austin to develop initial consensus recommendations to the SBOE.
  • Previous content advisor meetings have not been public meetings, but the SBOE will need to make that determination

2.  When are the work groups selected and what is the process for their meetings?

  • The TEKS review process document that can be accessed with this link shows the process for identifying and convening work groups.
  • The application for individuals to serve as workgroup members is open throughout the process. Click here for the TEA workgroup application.
  • The first workgroup will be identified from SBOE-approved applicants and a portion of that first workgroup (called Work Group A) will be invited to meet with the content advisors and SBOE representative(s) to review consensus recommendations and discuss SBOE direction.
  • The full Work Group A will then meet for a face-to-face meeting in Austin to work on their charge and will participate in webinar(s) if they are unable to complete the work during the face-to-face meeting.
  • The next workgroup is then identified and will be comprised of a combination of members from Work Group A and new members.
  • Work Group B then meets for a face-to-face meeting in Austin to work on their charge and will participate in webinar(s) if they are unable to complete the work during the face-to-face meeting.
  • This process continues with as many work groups as necessary to complete a draft set of recommendations for SBOE consideration.

3. When content advisors make recommendations to the work groups, are there check-ins with advisors to gauge progress, problems with the recommendations…is that public?

  • Content advisors are asked to review workgroup drafts, additional feedback from the public, and feedback collected from ESCs just prior to SBOE discussion of the recommendations and advisors make recommendations to the SBOE regarding additional work to be completed.
  • All written recommendations from advisors and the various work groups are posted on the TEA website throughout the process.
  • After the final workgroup completes their task and prior to the SBOE considering recommendations for first reading and filing authorization, content advisors are also asked to review drafts, feedback, and focus group data and make recommendations in consultation with workgroup representatives as necessary.
  • Content advisors may be asked to attend SBOE meetings at which recommendations are being considered to advise board members.
  • Content advisors are also asked to review public comments received by the SBOE during the official public comment period and make recommendations in response to public comments.