and The University of Texas Team Up to Fight Math Teacher Shortages

Share Article and the University of Texas TRACK Program agree to a one-year licensing deal to alleviate math teacher shortages by providing TAKS instructional support for Texas K-12 Public Schools.

The University of Texas TRACK Telecampus and are partnering to fight math teacher shortages in the state of Texas by providing online instruction customized to the 11th grade TAKS test. As part of the agreement, is providing 47 online math lessons covering Algebra and Geometry to serve as a core component of TRACK, a free online test readiness program designed to help Texas High School students and teachers prepare for the statewide 11th grade TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test.

TRACK (TAKS Readiness and Core Knowledge) includes web-based diagnostic tests and learning materials in the four subject areas assessed on the 11th grade TAKS test: Algebra and Geometry, Biology and Integrated Physics/Chemistry, English, and Social Studies. Once students receive results from the TRACK diagnostic tests, they are directed to learning materials in the subjects and particular TAKS objectives where they need help.

According to Nancy Frank of TRACK, "The YourTeacher Algebra and Geometry lessons are featured extensively in the Algebra and Geometry learning materials.'s lessons are tied specifically to the Texas curriculum and provide excellent audio and visual online instruction. In addition, the lessons provide multiple opportunities to apply what has been learned through practice questions, which include feedback and explanation, and critical thinking exercises. The lessons provide great instruction and are fun for students."

According to Charles Hermes, CEO of, "Texas shares a similar problem with the rest of the U.S. in finding and retaining qualified math teachers. We believe that our online instruction can play a significant role in helping students pass the TAKS test. Of course, we all agree that it would be best to have a qualified teacher in every classroom, but unfortunately, that's not the case today. Our online instruction puts that goal within reach for every school in the U.S."

For additional information, visit or contact Rick Volkmann.

About provides thousands of students with individualized online math instruction covering Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry & Algebra 2. With almost 500 instructor-led lessons, YourTeacher is a cost-effective solution for any learning environment that needs a consistent level of high quality math instruction.

TRACK - TAKS Readiness and Core Knowledge - is a free online college readiness program. In TRACK you'll find diagnostics to measure understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives tested on the 11th grade exit-level test, and a library of learning tutorials to help you master those objectives.


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