It’s official: Adobe Acrobat Reader finds no “weaknesses” in the newly released recommendations for the Texas state science standards.
The TEKS recommendations for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 are now posted by the TEA for public access. These are the versions that will become the standards unless amended by majority vote of the SBOE at its meeting Jan. 21-23.
When the September versions were released (linked from the same page as above), I opened the High School science standards in Acrobat Reader and did a search on the word “weaknesses.” While the infamous “strengths and weaknesses” language had been removed from the biology standards, I found that they had not been removed from all the standards, which still called for students to be presented with the “strengths and weaknesses” of theories in chemistry and astronomy(!)
TEA promises that these will be followed with documents explaining changes made in these new versions. I have not read these yet, but at least they have passed the Adobe Acrobat search test.
For more on this draft, and the process, see this post at NCSE .