step up to the teks math products

All Step Up to the TEKS Math products are written to address the specificity of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Careful consideration is paid to the verb, the concepts, and the implementation methods outlined within each TEKS.  The vertical alignment is also noted to ensure all materials meet the level of difficulty and rigor specified for that grade.  GF Educators has produced material in Texas, for Texas teachers for over 30 years and takes great pride in the fact that all our materials are written solely for use in Texas.

solutions for the entire teaching cycle

GF Educators produces more than just the test preparation material that many of the other companies produce.  We have products which can be used during the entire teaching cycle from planning, through instruction, and assessment.  The expertise we garner by focusing only on the Texas standards (TEKS) provides a unique perspective to our products.  Companies which produce products for many different states and/or the common core curriculum merely adapt those materials to the TEKS.  GF Educators produces all materials specifically for the TEKS.

teks checklist

Simple to use planning tool containing breakouts for every TEKS and vertical alignment. 

Grades Kindergarten - Algebra II

practice books

STAAR Formatted and open-ended practice problems written to address each aspect of every TEKS.

Grades Kindergarten - Algebra II and TSI


Engaging activities built around the verb, concept, and method of implementation for each TEKS.

Grades 3rd - Algebra I

power reviews

Two week curriculum built to focus on the Readiness Standards and maximize results on the STAAR.

Grades 3rd - Algebra I

assessment books

Two Blueprint Benchmarks and Reporting Category Assessments.

Grades 3rd - Algebra II

professional development

Conferences around the state, webinars, and on-site professional development focused on addressing all aspects of the TEKS in the classroom.

Elementary and Secondary

practice books

Development of the Practice Books is based on TEKS specificity while incorporating the value and guidance of various learning theories including the social cognitive theory and a constructivist approach to classroom engagement. Each of the TEKS are incorporated into engaging activities, teaching models, guided practice, and independent practice to provide educators with all the resources needed to differentiate student learning. Readiness TEKS, Supporting TEKS, and even non-tested TEKS are covered in detail in each Practice Book. The Process Standard TEKS are incorporated into the content TEKS in order to guide teachers and students through valuable learning processes. Practice Books are organized by individual content TEKS and sorted into Assessment Reporting Categories to ensure seamless scope and sequence integration. All Step Up to the TEKS books are updated to meet the TEA specifications for the tested Mathematics TEKS starting in the 2014-15 school year. The format of the books has changed and now includes more information to help both teachers and students find success by focusing on the TEKS and not just the test.

Each Books contents

Background Information
contains TEKS, vertical alignment, TEKS specifications, vocabulary, and essential question

Teaching Model
A problem addressing the core aspect of the TEKS is used as a model to facilitate classroom discussions.

Essential Questions
These questions focus on the verb, concept, and methods of implementation for each TEKS.

Guided Practice
Students get practice with questions targeting different aspects of the TEKS.

Independent Practice
STAAR Formatted and open-ended questions are included and the entire TEKS is covered.

A blackline master activity is included for each TEKS.

assessment books

The Assessment Books provide on-target Benchmarks and Category Tests that were specifically designed to meet the blueprints provided by TEA.  These books are designed to be used in conjunction with each other.  The Student Edition is comprised of TWO Blueprint Benchmarks and Four Category Tests of 20 questions each.  There are no repeated questions on any of the tests and each question was written specifically to address the associated TEKS. 


TWO Blueprint Benchmarks are included in each book.

Category tests

Each Reporting Category is covered with a 20 question Assessment which covers all tested TEKS but focuses on Readiness Standards.

STaar chart

Students keep track of their progress through STAAR Charts covering each Benchmark and Reporting Category Test.

Item Analysis

Use each assessment as a re-teach tool by having students complete an error analysis and extension question.

Assessment te sample pages


Assessment se sample pages


Math TEKS-tivity

TEKS-tivity books are designed to provide hands-on TEKS activities and additional practice problems to step up to a whole new level of differentiated learning!  TEKS-tivities break the TEKS up into teachable units by reporting categories but also provide flexibility by including TEKS from other reporting categories when appropriate. Teachers and instructional coaches designed the TEKS-tivities to address student learning by incorporating TEKS where they fit best. Every TEKS-tivity includes a Reflection Page or a Summary of Learning for the activity. This student reflection reinforces learning to ensure that students are making meaningful connections with the concepts. This process leads students through the steps of true mathematical fluency.  A Unit Assessment is provided at the end of each unit in order to aid in tying the activities to learning. This deepens the students' understanding of underlying mathematical concepts. The teaching notes include facilitating questions to accompany each of the activities as well as the directions for the activities. It is important to use the questions to lead the discussions during and after the activity to help students process meaningful learning.


Detailed directions along with facilitating questions on every activity

Multiple engaging activities for each lesson

Tickets out the door

Formative Assessments


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Engaging Activities and Reflection Journals become and Interactive Notebook for each student

Vocabulary Activities

Reflection Pages and Journal Questions

Formative Assessments


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Power Review Books

The Power Review Books are designed to be used as a two-week review prior to the STAAR Test or in a RtI type class.  The Review Books focus on Readiness Standards using engaging activities, formative assessments centered on Readiness Standards and Reporting Category Assessments.  The activities are designed to allow students opportunities to process in-depth learning through reflection pages, journaling, and key items to remember.  Facilitating questions, teacher's notes, and Pacing Guides help teachers stay on track and focus on the TEKS when reviewing with the students.

Two-Week review

Focused on the Readiness Standards to maximize student success.

Engaging activities

Every activity is focused on the verb, concept, and methods of implementation as defined by the specificity within the TEKS.

formative assessments

These assessments are written to the specificity and complexity of the TEKS and formatted exactly as they will see them on the STAAR Test.

Extensive teacher notes

Teachers are provided with explicit instructions for each activity and facilitating questions to ensure every activity is targeting the core of the TEKS.

Day by day pacing guides

Teachers can focus on student achievement since the day-to-day plans are provided.

Journaling and Things to remember

Students make deeper connections to the concepts through questioning targeted at the key concepts of each TEKS.

Assessments for Learning (6-Alg I)and Problem of the Day (3-5)

The Assessment for Learning Book is designed for daily use with secondary student. The student edition contains a Pre-Check to assess the student’s prior knowledge on the concept, a Quick Check to check to see the students are understanding the new concepts during the lesson, and a Daily Quiz to asses the students learning after the lesson.There is a Reporting Category Quiz for each reporting category which allows for a blueprint ready benchmark test,with data tracking methods.The teacher edition contains teacher notes to be used during the lesson with the Pre-Check and Quick Check. The Teacher Edition also contains two Ticket Out the Door for each standard.The Problem of the Day book is designed for as a daily math journal for elementary students. The journal provides daily math problems designed with a spiraling of knowledge from previous years and the current year. The is a Fun Friday TEKS-tivity to end the week with a focus on the learning of the week.The teacher edition contains teacher notes for each daily problems and Fun Friday TEKS-tivity pages as the student sare working. The teacher notes include facilitating questions to ask the students as they are working.

 Pre-Checks and Quick Checks 

Assessment for Learning Books

Daily Quizzes 

Assessment for Learning Books

Reporting Category Quiz 

Assessment for Learning Books

 Monday - Thursday Daily Checks 

Problem of the Day Books

Friday Fun Day 

Problem of the Day Books

Extensive Teacher Notes 

Problem of the Day Books

teks checklists

The TEKS Checklists combine an in-depth understanding of the TEKS along with vertically aligned expectations from surrounding grade levels. This tool was developed by teachers for teachers as a must-have road map! Wondering what to do for RtI? The vertical alignment helps to understand the concepts that were taught in the previous grade to determine a place to start. The TEKS Checklist cards are designed to make sure all aspects of the TEKS are covered in both classroom instruction, as well as, assessments.

TEKS Breakdown for ALL TEKS

Vertical alignment for each TEKS

Essentials with pointers and tips for each TEKS