Online vs. Print in Texas

On November 22, 2013, the SBOE released a list of 405 state-adopted math, science and technical applications products, 303 of which align to 100% of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  More than two-thirds of the products on the state-adopted list are online products.  According to John Lopez, Managing Director of TEA’s Instructional Materials and Educational Technology division, the breakdown of print and digital products on the state-adopted list by subject is as follows:


Material Format

Products 100% Aligned to the TEKS (#)

Products Aligned to Between 50-99% of the TEKS (#)

Total products 


Print 71 18   89 (33%)
Electronic 142 33 175 (66%)


213 51 264


Print 36 14  50 (41%)
Electronic 44 29  73 (59%)


80 43 123

Technology Apps

Print 0 0 0
Electronic 10 8 18 (100%)


10 8 18


In light of the facts that: (1) the state-adopted list includes so many instructional materials, (2) districts have a limited amount of state funds with which to purchase instructional materials and technology, and (3) superintendents and board presidents have a legal obligation to certify that they are providing instructional materials that align with 100% of the TEKS, educators must carefully evaluate instructional materials to determine which products best meet their students’ unique needs.

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