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Studies Weekly Texas Science Grade 3

Science Grade 3 | 2023

Publisher: Studies Weekly

Series includes:

Quality Review

The quality review is the result of extensive evidence gathering and analysis by Texas educators of how well instructional materials satisfy the criteria for quality in the subject-specific rubric. Follow the links below to view the scores and read the evidence used to determine quality.

Standards Alignment

Rubric Section 1
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and English Language Proficiency Standards-Alignment Review
Standards-alignment review team members review instructional materials to determine the extent to which the science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) are covered and to identify factual errors. To be eligible for adoption by the State Board of Education, instructional materials must meet at least 50% of the TEKS and 100% of the required ELPS in the components intended for student use and the components intended for teacher use, be free from a factual error, meet manufacturing specifications, be suitable for the intended course and grade level, and be reviewed by academic experts. The review results in four outputs related to the percentage of TEKS and ELPS present in the materials designed for teacher and student use as seen below: Student TEKS %, Teacher TEKS %, Student ELPS %, and Teacher ELPS %. All materials must be reviewed for standards alignment.
Grade TEKS Student % TEKS Teacher % ELPS Student % ELPS Teacher %
Grade 3 100% 100% 100% 100%

Criteria for Quality

Rubric Section 2 Instructional Anchor Materials are designed to anchor instruction in phenomena and engineering problems. Total TOTAL100% (8 out of 8 points) 100%
Section 2 Instructional Anchor Materials are designed to anchor instruction in phenomena and engineering problems. Total 100% (8 out of 8 points)
2.1
Materials are designed to strategically and systematically integrate scientific and engineering practices, recurring themes and concepts, and grade-level content as outlined in the TEKS.
4 out of 4 points

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2.2
Materials anchor the learning in phenomena and problems as the key lever for driving learning and student mastery of disciplinary knowledge and skills.
4 out of 4 points

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Rubric Section 3 Knowledge Coherence Materials are designed to support instruction that builds knowledge systematically. Total TOTAL100% (12 out of 12 points) 100%
Section 3 Knowledge Coherence Materials are designed to support instruction that builds knowledge systematically. Total 100% (12 out of 12 points)
3.1
Materials are designed to build knowledge systematically, coherently, and accurately.
6 out of 6 points

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3.2
Materials provide educative components to support teachers’ content and knowledge coherence.
6 out of 6 points

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Rubric Section 4 Productive Struggle Materials are designed to support students in applying disciplinary practices to engage in critical thinking and scientific decision-making. Total TOTAL100% (4 out of 4 points) 100%
Section 4 Productive Struggle Materials are designed to support students in applying disciplinary practices to engage in critical thinking and scientific decision-making. Total 100% (4 out of 4 points)
4.1
Materials provide opportunities for students to engage in productive struggle through sensemaking that involves reading, writing, thinking, and acting as scientists and engineers.
4 out of 4 points

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Rubric Section 5 Evidence-Based Reasoning and Communicating Materials are designed to support students in developing, explaining, and refining their ideas based on evidence. Total TOTAL100% (8 out of 8 points) 100%
Section 5 Evidence-Based Reasoning and Communicating Materials are designed to support students in developing, explaining, and refining their ideas based on evidence. Total 100% (8 out of 8 points)
5.1
Materials promote students' use of evidence to develop, communicate, and evaluate explanations and solutions.
4 out of 4 points

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5.2
Materials provide teacher guidance to support student reasoning and communication skills
4 out of 4 points

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Rubric Section 6 Progress Monitoring Materials provide frequent, strategic opportunities to monitor, evaluate, and respond to student progress toward the development of appropriate grade-level content and skills. Total TOTAL83% (5 out of 6 points) 83%
Section 6 Progress Monitoring Materials provide frequent, strategic opportunities to monitor, evaluate, and respond to student progress toward the development of appropriate grade-level content and skills. Total 83% (5 out of 6 points)
6.1
Materials include a variety of TEKS-aligned and developmentally appropriate assessment tools.
2 out of 2 points

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6.2
Materials include guidance that explains how to analyze and respond to data from assessment tools.
1 out of 2 points

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6.3
Assessments are clear and easy to understand.
2 out of 2 points

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Rubric Section 7 Supports for All Learners Materials provide guidance and support that help educators meet the diverse learning needs of all students. Total TOTAL100% (8 out of 8 points) 100%
Section 7 Supports for All Learners Materials provide guidance and support that help educators meet the diverse learning needs of all students. Total 100% (8 out of 8 points)
7.1
Materials include guidance, scaffolds, supports, and extensions that maximize student learning potential.
2 out of 2 points

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7.2
Materials include a variety of research-based instructional methods that appeal to a variety of learning interests and needs.
2 out of 2 points

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7.3
Materials include listening, speaking, reading, and writing supports to assist emergent bilingual students in meeting grade-level science content expectations.
2 out of 2 points

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7.4
Materials provide guidance on fostering connections between home and school.
2 out of 2 points

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Rubric Section 8 Implementation Supports Materials provide support for implementation including clear and easy-to-follow guidance and support for teachers. Total TOTAL100% (6 out of 6 points) 100%
Section 8 Implementation Supports Materials provide support for implementation including clear and easy-to-follow guidance and support for teachers. Total 100% (6 out of 6 points)
8.1
Materials include year-long plans with practice and review opportunities that support instruction.
2 out of 2 points

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8.2
Materials include classroom implementation support for teachers and administrators.
2 out of 2 points

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8.3
Materials provide implementation guidance to meet variability in program design and scheduling.
2 out of 2 points

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Rubric Section 9 Design Features Materials are intentionally designed and include the integration of digital technology to engage and support student learning. Information Available. Section Not Scored.
Section 9 Design Features Materials are intentionally designed and include the integration of digital technology to engage and support student learning. Total 0% (0 out of 0 points)
9.1
The visual design of materials is clear and easy to understand.
This item is not scored.

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9.2
Materials are intentionally designed to engage and support student learning with the integration of digital technology.
This item is not scored.

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9.3
Digital technology and online components are developmentally and grade-level appropriate and provide support for learning.
This item is not scored.

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Rubric Section 10 Additional Information: Technology, Price, Professional Learning, and Additional Language Supports The following information will appear on the Texas Resource Review website, providing additional information about the set of materials being reviewed. Information available.
Section 10 Additional Information: Technology, Price, Professional Learning, and Additional Language Supports The following information will appear on the Texas Resource Review website, providing additional information about the set of materials being reviewed. Information available.
10.1
Technology Specifications

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(pdf, 1.67 MB)

10.2
Price Information

10.3
Professional Learning

Read the Full Report for Professional Learning Opportunities
(pdf, 1.66 MB)

10.4
Additional Language Supports

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(pdf, 1.84 MB)

10.5
Accessibility Requirements

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(pdf, 1.67 MB)

10.6
Evidence-Based Information

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(pdf, 1.66 MB)

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