The Biology TEKS: From Standards to Assessment

Grade-level focus: Grades 6–12
Session audience: Biology teachers, instructional specialists, and coaches
Session duration: One-day session

Biology educators will learn how to use a set of structured tools to strengthen alignment through collaborative conversations focused on the biology TEKS. Using these tools, participants will explore how to use the standards effectively to guide decisions around teaching, learning, and assessment.

Participants will collaborate to deepen their understanding of the structure of the standards by identifying the purpose of the four components that make up a standard and how each of the components relates to each other. Participants will also apply their understanding of the structure of the standards to decisions made about instruction and assessment. Using a process designed to intentionally integrate science practices and science concepts, participants will write student success criteria that are aligned to the biology standards.

Each participant will receive a printed copy of the science TEKS.