IMCAT - Concerns and Goals for 87th Legislative Session
Allow flexibility to pay for all costs of textbook and technology expenses such as interstate shipping or inventory software
Do not divert monies from the fund to pay for other items. This includes projects by the Texas Education Agency, as this is money taken directly from students for books and technology. We believe all projects need their own funding stream, such as Open Education Resources and Instructional Material Quality Reviews. Currently, the money spent for these projects would otherwise be going to individual school districts.
Our organization would like to see the PSF managed by one entity rather than the current setup which is the General Land Office and the State Board of Education. The SBOE currently manages the largest share of the PSF.
Any support for studying or mandating items for publishers that increase quality control for software and other technology would be greatly appreciated.
The SBOE issued Proclamation 2021 at its June 2019 meeting to call for English and Spanish prekindergarten systems. The adoption of materials under Proclamation 2021 is scheduled to occur in November 2020. The adopted materials are scheduled to go into classrooms in the 2021–22 school year.
The SBOE issued Proclamation 2022 at its April 2020 meeting to call for health and physical education instructional materials. The adoption of materials under Proclamation 2022 is scheduled to occur in November 2021. The adopted materials are scheduled to go into classrooms in the 2022–23 school year.
[Action Required] Submission of TEKS Certification by May 7, 2021, to purchase materials in EMAT when it opens for school year 2021–22
School districts and charter schools are required to certify annually to the State Board of Education and the commissioner that, for each subject in the required curriculum other than physical education, students have access to instructional materials that cover all the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Districts and charters must submit certifications to receive access to ordering 2021−22 instructional materials through EMAT. Any district that submits a form prior to May 7, 2021, will be able to order from EMAT when it opens on May 10, 2021, for the 2021–22 school year. The due date for the form is May 28, 2021, and EMAT access will be provided within 5 business days of form submission.
TEA has updated the process for TEKS certification. The certification must still be ratified by the LEA’s board of trustees or governing body in an open, public-noticed meeting. The recommended steps are included below:
Download and fill out the blank Excel Template or blank PDF Template. The form asks LEAs to indicate the instructional materials the district has adopted or plans to adopt for the 2021–22 school year for each grade level and core subject or core course. Note: this document will not be collected by TEA, however the information included matches what will be required for submission in the online form.
Bring completed form to Board to obtain approval.
After Board approval, complete the required, online form found here: 2021–22 Allotment and TEKS Certification Form. Note: The district representative completing the form will be required to confirm information has been approved by Board via the survey. Signatures are not required to be uploaded or submitted.
TEA's Janet Warren met with the IMCAT Board April 15 to discuss the new TEKS Certification.
Here's a link to a video of that discussion. https://youtu.be/UzbWCtQn35c
We hope it proves helpful!