Education Research Center Awarded Grant to Examine Texas Teachers’ Perceptions of the English/Language Arts/Reading TEKS

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: July 13, 2015

The Education Research Center at Texas A&M University (ERC at TAMU) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (TCTELA) to conduct a research study examining perceptions of teachers across Texas related to the English/Language Arts/Reading (ELAR) TEKS.  Voices of Texas Teachers in English/Language Arts/Reading TEKS Revision will investigate (a) teachers’ perceptions regarding the current iteration of the ELAR TEKS, (b) ways in which teachers currently use the TEKS in their teaching, and (c) what teachers would like to see regarding upcoming revisions to the ELAR TEKS.  Jacqueline Stillisano and Hersh Waxman are principal investigators for the study, and additional ERC researchers involved include Nancy Weber, Rachel Beachy, Sunni Sonnenburg Winkler, Amy Ging, Tracey Hodges, and Katherine Wright. 

For this mixed-methods study, ERC researchers will develop and administer an online survey for ELAR teachers across the state.  Based on responses from the survey, researchers will identify a sample of teachers with whom to conduct telephone interviews designed to allow researchers to gain an in-depth understanding of practitioner insights related to an important driver of instruction in Texas classrooms. 

“This research study fits into the mission of the ERC, in that it will facilitate application of research to P-16 educational policy and practice,” said Stillisano.  “Findings from the study will be shared with the State Board of Education (SBOE) and Texas Education Agency (TEA), providing opportunity for the voices of Texas ELAR teachers to be heard and considered in the discussions of proposed TEKS revisions.”

For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Stillisano at or Hersh Waxman at