Resources to help you implement the TCEA TA-TEKS Assessment.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the 8th Grade Assessment project. This digital literacy assessment project provides Texas school district with the data needed to understand how well 8th grade students grasp critical 21st century skills, aligned to the TA-TEKS.  

Districts and schools that participate in the project will receive 8th grade data for student digital literacy skills and access via district, school, class and individual student reports, along with comparison data from statewide results to support improved student technology learning and help educators plan how to integrate technology more effectively into curricula and instruction.

Important dates for the 2016-17 project:

  • Registration: November 1, 2016 - March 10, 2017
  • Statewide Assessment Window: January 2, 2017 – June 16, 2017

Training Opportunities

Free Webinar Trainings

Web-based training sessions run through March 2017:

December 6th 10 am CST
December 14th at 3:30 pm CST

January 19 at 10 am CST
January 30th at 3:30 pm CST

February 6th at 11 am CST
February 22nd at 3:30 pm CST

March 1st at 9 am CST
March 21th at 3:30 pm CST

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In-Person Training

We will be holding in-person training sessions during TCEA 2017 at the Texas Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas:

  • Tuesday, noon - 1 p.m. Room 17A
  • Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Room 17B
  • Thursday, noon - 1 p.m. Room 16A

Important Resources

Learn how to interpret the data from the new TCEA assessment reports (Individual, Class, School, District), not only for overall proficiency but also for each of the TA-TEKS strands. See how you can use your reports to compare data within your district or to global outcomes from all participating Texas districts.

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About Tech Apps for Texas

More than ever students need tech and 21st century skills. That’s why Texas mandates tech apps instruction, provides funding through the State of Texas Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) and requires districts to certify that they are addressing these needs. It’s also why Texas adopted EasyTech.

No one else offers a solution that is so easy for teachers and students to use, that is aligned to the new TA-TEKS, that is proven effective with Texas students, that is easy to integrate with core instruction and that provides comprehensive assessment and prescription and built in PD to support educators.

Global Competition in a Changing World

Texas students compete with the world—in a landscape where creativity, innovation, problem solving, communication and collaboration and technology literacy are critical.

The new TA-TEKS address this challenge head on by identifying the requirements students need to compete in a world that is not only technology-driven but requires higher order thinking and digital literacy. The Tech Apps adoption provides both the funding and, through adopted curricula, the mechanism to prepare students for the world they will live in.

Tech Apps Benefits:

  • Learn 21st century skills, technology related terms, concepts, and data input strategies
  • Practice digital citizenship by behaving responsibly while using technology tools and resources
  • Understand how to acquire and evaluate digital content through research and information fluency
  • Collaborate and communicate both locally and globally to reinforce and promote learning
  • Develop critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills by collecting, analyzing, and reporting digital information, and
  • Construct knowledge and develop products by using creative thinking and innovative processes

Tech Literacy Effects:

Technology literacy has benefits that go beyond complying with Texas state mandates. Research has shown that additional benefits accrue for students who master 21st century skills and apply those skills in the classroom:

  • New opportunities to express their creativity arise
  • Engagement and motivation increase across schoolwork
  • Academic success follows

Why EasyTech?

EasyTech is the leading K-8 technology literacy curriculum that integrates technology, 21st century skills, online safety and PD for the new TA-TEKS into core instruction. EasyTech helps students learn the way they live and helps teachers to teach 21st century skills.