Texas Algebra Ready

Texas Algebra Ready Initiative: Adding Opportunity for Texas Children

Current Professional Development

PD Portal Logo

The Revised Math TEKS

UPDATE: Please visit texascourses.org to take any of the courses in the The Revised Math TEKS professional development series.

  • The Revised Math TEKS (modules for Grades K-8)
    • The Revised Math TEKS (Grades K-8) with Supporting Documents
      The goals for participation are to become familiar with the focal points and the TEKS comparison documents, to examine how to use the documents to improve overall mathematics instruction, and to explore vertical alignment of mathematical concepts and processes within the Revised TEKS (2012).
    • Applying the Mathematical Process Standards
      The goals for participation are to become familiar with the revised mathematical process standards and compare them to the current underlying processes and mathematical tools, to explore resources on the Project Share Gateway, and to amplify instructional tasks.
    • Completing the Gap Analysis
      The goals for participation are to become familiar with the focal points and TEKS comparison documents, to examine how to use the documents to improve overall mathematics instruction, and to explore vertical alignment of mathematical concepts and processes.
    • Achieving Fluency and Proficiency
      The goals for participation are to define computational fluency, automaticity, mathematical proficiency, and conceptual understanding; examine the learning progressions for computational fluency; make connections between computational fluency, mathematical proficiency, and the process standards; and explore computational fluency and mathematical proficiency activities.

  • The Revised Math TEKS (modules for Grades 9-12)
    • The Revised Math TEKS (Grades 9-12) with Supporting Documents
      The goals for participation are to become familiar with the revised TEKS and the TEKS comparison documents, to examine how to use the documents to improve overall mathematics instruction, and to explore vertical alignment of mathematical concepts and processes within the revised TEKS.
    • Applying the Mathematical Process Standards
      The goals for participation are to become familiar with the mathematical process standards and compare them to the current underlying processes and mathematical tools, to explore resources on the Project Share Gateway, and to amplify instructional tasks.
    • Completing the Gap Analysis
      The goals for participation are to study the revised TEKS; explore a process to determine and address curriculum and instructional gaps in student learning for the 2015-2016 implementation; explore vertical connections; explore instructional implications for student cohorts, including those students entering Algebra I who received instruction in grade 8 revised TEKS; and create an action plan for the transition to implementation and assessment of the revised TEKS.
    • Achieving Fluency and Proficiency
      The goals for participation are to define computational fluency, automaticity, mathematical proficiency, and conceptual understanding; examine the learning progressions for computational fluency; make connections between computational fluency, mathematical proficiency, and the process standards; and explore computational fluency and mathematical proficiency activities.

ESTAR/MSTAR Assessments

Professional development courses for the ESTAR/MSTAR assessments are available at texasmathsupportcenter.org.

  • TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners Overview
    This course provides a brief overview of the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and describes how to interpret the results obtained after administering a screener. Results from the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners guide instructional decision making and help educators identify the intensity of support needed for students who might be at risk for not meeting expectations in algebra and algebra readiness skills.
  • TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments Overview
    This course provides a brief overview of the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments, examines how learning progressions fit with the Diagnostic Assessments, discusses how the diagnostic assessments were developed, and provides guidance on how to interpret the results.
  • TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Learning Progressions
    This course explores the learning progressions created specifically for the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments. Participants will explore the definition of learning progressions in general, information about the ESTAR/MSTAR learning progressions, and the use of learning progressions in mathematics instruction and assessment in order to better prepare students for algebra. Participants will also become familiar with the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments.

Continued Professional Development Offerings


  • MSTAR: An Introduction (Grades 5-8)
    The MSTAR: An Introduction training informs and familiarizes participants with the Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points (TXRCFP) as a framework for improving overall mathematics instruction and achievement with the goal of decreasing the percentage of students who need math intervention. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • MSTAR Academy I for Grades 5-6 and Grades 7-8
    The goal of the MSTAR Academy I for Grades 5–6 and Grades 7-8 is to improve overall mathematics instruction and student achievement in order to meet EOC Algebra I standards in grade 9/high school and to ensure postsecondary readiness. Participants examine the “big ideas” in the grades 5–8 math TEKS and learn strategies to prepare students for success in algebra. Participants explore hands-on, student-centered lessons designed to provide connections to and strengthen participants' knowledge of the middle-school mathematics that is critical for success in algebra, the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and Response to Intervention (RtI). The MSTAR Academies provide intensive content-based professional development focusing on the how and what to teach to engage students in concepts and content. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • MSTAR Academy I Part B Completion
    The MSTAR Academy I Part B Completion training will engage participants in the use of data-driven decision-making within the MSTAR Lesson Study model to plan, review, and refine Tier I mathematics instruction. Participants will review important sources of data on student knowledge and thinking related to algebra readiness; connect each of these sources of student data to its appropriate types of decisions; and design a data-driven action plan for improving some aspect of algebra-readiness related instruction during the next year. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • MSTAR Academy II
    The MSTAR Academy II training emphasizes research-based Tier II strategies from the IES Practice Guide for Assisting Struggling Students with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools and engages participants in how to identify students needing Tier II support in mathematics and meet their instructional needs. Participants will learn how to interpret results of the MSTAR Universal Screener; use the screener results and other forms of data to make instructional decisions; and provide practical strategies for implementing evidence-based interventions for students receiving Tier II mathematics support. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • MSTAR Implementation Tools
    This training builds on the MSTAR Academy II with deeper exploration of the research-based Tier II strategies from the IES Practice Guide for Assisting Struggling Students with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools. Participants will learn how to use the MSTAR Universal Screener results and other forms of data to make instructional decisions and apply practical strategies for implementing evidence-based interventions for students receiving Tier II mathematics support. Participants will be introduced to the MSTAR Diagnostic Assessment, currently under development. The session will also include access to online resources and professional learning communities provided through Project Share.  Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • Algebra I End of Course Success (EOCS) Academy I
    The Algebra I EOCS Academy I has a goal of improving overall mathematics instruction and achievement in order to ensure student success on the Algebra End of Course Exam. This training allows participants to examine the concepts in the Algebra I TEKS and learn strategies through the exploration of hands-on, student-centered lessons designed to provide connections to and strengthen participants’ knowledge of College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and Response to Intervention (RtI). Sessions provide Texas teachers and administrators with online resources and follow-up activities through an online interactive platform, as well as allow educators to build online professional learning communities for further development and growth. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • Algebra I End of Course Success (EOCS) Academy II
    This training emphasizes research-based Tier II strategies from the IES Practice Guide for Assisting Struggling Students with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools and engages participants in how to identify students needing Tier II support for focal areas in Algebra I and meet their instructional needs. Participants will learn how to interpret results of formative assessments; use these data and other forms of data to make instructional decisions; and apply practical strategies for implementing evidence-based interventions for students receiving Tier II mathematics support. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options. 
  • Geometry End of Course Success (EOCS) Academy
    The Geometry EOCS Academy has a goal of improving overall mathematics instruction and achievement in order to ensure student success on the Geometry End of Course Exam. The training will allow participants to examine the concepts in the Geometry TEKS and learn strategies through the exploration of hands-on, student-centered lessons designed to provide connections to and strengthen participants’ knowledge of College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and Response to Intervention (RtI). Sessions will provide Texas teachers and administrators with online resources and follow-up activities through an online interactive platform, as well as allow educators to build online professional learning communities for further development and growth. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • Algebra II End of Course Success (EOCS) Academy
    The Algebra II EOCS Academy has a goal of improving overall mathematics instruction and achievement in order to ensure student success on the Algebra II End of Course Exam. The training will allow participants to examine the concepts in the Algebra II TEKS and learn strategies through the exploration of hands-on, student-centered lessons designed to provide connections to and strengthen participants’ knowledge of College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and Response to Intervention (RtI). Sessions will provide Texas teachers and administrators with online resources and follow-up activities through an online interactive platform, as well as allow educators to build online professional learning communities for further development and growth. Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • ESTAR: An Introduction (Grades K-5)
    The Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points (TXRCFP) was created from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and identifies critical areas for mathematics instruction at each grade level. The Elementary-School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR): An Introduction training will inform and familiarize participants with the TXRCFP as a framework for improving overall mathematics instruction and achievement, in order to decrease the percentage of students who need math intervention.  Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • ESTAR Academy I: Grades K-2
    The Elementary Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) Academy I examines the big ideas in the grades K-2 mathematics TEKS that prepare students for success in algebra. Participants will engage in hands-on, student-centered activities and lessons designed to provide connections to and strengthen participants' knowledge of the elementary mathematics that is critical for success in algebra; and explore how to embed the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) into instruction as well as how to differentiate instruction to align with the expectations of Response to Intervention (RtI).  Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • ESTAR Academy I: Grades 3-4
    The Elementary Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) Academy I examines the big ideas in the grades 3-4 mathematics TEKS that prepare students for success in algebra. Participants will engage in hands-on, student-centered activities and lessons designed to provide connections to and strengthen participants' knowledge of the elementary mathematics that is critical for success in algebra; and explore how to embed the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) into instruction as well as how to differentiate instruction to align with the expectations of Response to Intervention (Rtl).  Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • ESTAR Academy II: Grades 3-4
    This training emphasizes research-based Tier II strategies from the IES Practice Guide for Assisting Struggling Students with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools and engages participants in how to identify students needing Tier II support for math and meet their instructional needs. Participants will learn how to interpret results of the ESTAR Universal Screener; use the screener results and other forms of data to make instructional decisions; and provide practical strategies for implementing evidence-based interventions for students receiving Tier II mathematics support.  Contact your education service center (ESC) for information on training options.
  • GATAR Academy (Grades 6-8)
    The Geometric Approach to Algebra Readiness (GATAR) Academy provides content-based professional development focusing on geometric approaches to algebra. The GATAR Academy also focuses on addressing the needs of all learners through Response to Intervention (RtI) strategies that focus on integrating the TEKS and creating quality Tier I lessons. The GATAR  Academy is available through the Texas Regional Collaboratives

  • Copyright

    Materials and online training courses in the Texas Math Initiative PD Portal are free to Texas public schools. All materials are copyright protected and may not be used in any way inconsistent with the Texas Education Agency-university partner copyright provisions applicable to the materials.