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									         A Correlation Between the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
                and JA Titan




                                     Updated August 2006

                                          JA Worldwide™
                                       One Education Way
                               Colorado Springs, CO 80906
                                         Overview

In this document, the JA Titan program is correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
(TEKS) for Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits,
Introduction to Business, Business Ownership, Entrepreneurship, and Mathematical Models with
Applications. This list is not meant to be exhaustive or intended to infer that a resource will
completely address any given standard, but is designed to show how it will enhance or
complement efforts to do so.

JA Titan is an interactive web- or CD-ROM-based simulation. Student teams operate companies
competing in an emerging high-tech industry. They learn how companies make price,
production, research and development, marketing, capital investment, and charitable giving
decisions. It can be used as a stand-alone program or as a supplement to JA Economics.
                                              JA TITAN

    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                          JA Titan

       Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits

(4) Economics. The student understands the                  Throughout the program, students see the basic
basic principles of the U.S. free enterprise                principles of free enterprise at work. They make
system.                                                     decisions about price, production, marketing, capital
(A) explain the basic principles of the U.S. free           investment, and research and development as they
enterprise system including profit motive, voluntary        compete in a computer-based business simulation.
exchange, private property rights, and competition.


(7) Economics. The student understands the                  How Much? How Many? and How Much? How
interaction of supply, demand, and price.                   Many? The Simulation—Students learn about
(A) identify the determinants that create changes in        supply and demand and how production affects
supply, demand, and price.                                  price, sales, and profit as they determine pricing
                                                            strategies for their business.

                                                            Cutting Edge and Cutting Edge-The Simulation—
                                                            Students learn about the product life cycle, research
                                                            and development, market research, and the four P’s
                                                            of marketing (product, price, place, promotion) and
                                                            how advertising and competition can affect supply,
                                                            demand, and price of a product.


(23) Social studies skills. The student applies             Throughout the program, students analyze
critical-thinking skills to organize and use                information; make predictions; draw conclusions;
information acquired from a variety of sources              create and analyze charts, tables, and graphs of
including electronic technology.                            economic data; perform mathematical
(A) analyze information by sequencing,                      computations; participate in group discussions and
categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect                  activities; and propose solutions and explain their
relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the          reasoning as they manage a business in a computer-
main idea, summarizing, making generalizations              based simulation.
and predictions, and drawing inferences and
conclusions.
(B) create economic models such as production-
possibilities curves, circular flow charts, and
supply-and-demand graphs to analyze economic
data.
(D) explain a point of view on an economic issue.
(F) evaluate economic-activity patterns using charts,
tables, graphs, and maps.
(G) use appropriate mathematical skills to interpret
social studies information.




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    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                          JA Titan


(24). Social studies skills. The student                     Throughout the program, students communicate in
communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.             written, oral, and visual forms. Examples include
(A) use social studies terminology correctly.                participating in group discussions, presenting
(B) use standard grammar, spelling, sentence                 information in oral or written form, developing a
structure, and punctuation.                                  marketing plan for a business, making presentations
(C) transfer information from one medium to                  designed to secure capital investment, and creating
another including written to visual and statistical to       and interpreting graphs of economic data.
written or visual using computer software as
appropriate.


(25) Social studies skills. The student uses                 Throughout the program, students use problem-
problem-solving and decision-making skills,                  solving skills and make decisions about price,
working independently and with others, in a                  production, marketing, capital investment, and
variety of settings.                                         research and development as they compete in a
(A) use a problem-solving process to identify a              computer-based business simulation.
problem, gather information, list and consider
options, consider advantages and disadvantages,
choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the
effectiveness of the solution.
(B) use a decision-making process to identify a
situation that requires a decision, gather
information, identify options, predict consequences,
and take action to implement a decision.

                                        Introduction to Business

(2) The student differentiates between the types             Throughout the program, students see the basic
of economic systems with emphasis on the                     principles of free enterprise at work. They make
private enterprise system and the United States              decisions about price, production, marketing, capital
economy.                                                     investment, and research and development as they
(C) explain the characteristics of the private               compete in a computer-based business simulation.
enterprise system.


(9) The student describes the characteristics of             Throughout the program, students learn about the
business.                                                    activities businesses perform such as production,
(C) describe the activities performed by business.           marketing, accounting, capital investment, and
                                                             research and development.




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    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                         JA Titan

                                          Business Ownership

(2) The student develops skills necessary to                How Much? How Many? and How Much? How
address a changing business environment.                    Many The Simulation—Students learn how
(A) identify a business problem, determine                  production affects price, sales, and profit and how
alternative solutions, and justify a required change.       product price makes an impact on profit. They
                                                            determine price and production levels for their
                                                            products.

                                                            Cutting Edge and Cutting Edge-The Simulation—
                                                            Students learn about the product life cycle, research
                                                            and development, market research, and the four P’s
                                                            of marketing (product, price, place, promotion).
                                                            They learn how advertising and competition can
                                                            affect supply, demand, and price of a product, and
                                                            develop a marketing plan for an assigned product.
                                                            They use what they have learned to make research
                                                            and development and marketing decisions for their
                                                            companies.

                                                            Make an Investment and Make an Investment-The
                                                            Simulation—Students learn about capital investment
                                                            and make a presentation on why investors should
                                                            invest in their company. They define charitable
                                                            giving and explain why businesses make decisions
                                                            to share their resources. They use what they have
                                                            learned to make these business decisions for their
                                                            companies.

                                                            JA Titan of Industry-The Competition—Students
                                                            understand the decisions they make affect business
                                                            performance and react to decisions made by other
                                                            businesses as they compete in a computer-based
                                                            business simulation.


(5) The student formulates a marketing strategy             How Much? How Many? and How Much? How
for a business start-up.                                    Many The Simulation—Students learn how
(E) develop strategies to deal with identified              production affects price, sales, and profit and how
competition.                                                product price makes an impact on profit. They
(F) develop a product strategy.                             determine price and production levels for their
(G) develop a pricing strategy.                             products.
(I) develop an advertising campaign.
                                                            Cutting Edge and Cutting Edge-The Simulation—
                                                            Students learn about the product life cycle, research
                                                            and development, market research, and the four P’s
                                                            of marketing (product, price, place, promotion).
                                                            They learn how advertising and competition can
                                                            affect supply, demand, and price of a product, and
                                                            develop a marketing plan for an assigned product.
                                                            They use what they have learned to make research
                                                            and development and marketing decisions for their
                                                            companies.


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    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                           JA Titan

                                           Entrepreneurship

(1) The student knows business concepts and                  Throughout the program, students learn about the
how business satisfies economic needs.                       activities businesses perform such as production,
(A) categorize business activities as production,            marketing, accounting, capital investment, and
marketing, management, or finance.                           research and development as they compete in a
                                                             computer-based business simulation.


(2) The student knows the importance of                      Cutting Edge and Cutting Edge-The Simulation—
marketing as well as the functions of marketing.             Students learn about the product life cycle, research
(A) explain the marketing concept.                           and development, market research, and the four P’s
(D) develop marketing strategies for a proposed              of marketing (product, price, place, promotion).
marketing plan.                                              They learn how advertising and competition can
                                                             affect supply, demand, and price of a product, and
                                                             develop a marketing plan for an assigned product.
                                                             They use what they have learned to make research
                                                             and development and marketing decisions for their
                                                             companies.


(4) The student applies math concepts in                     Throughout the program, students analyze and
entrepreneurship.                                            interpret statistical data and graphs and perform
(A) perform calculations involving money, time,              mathematical calculations as they make decisions
space, materials, and data.                                  about price, production, marketing, capital
(B) interpret charts and graphs to make informed             investment, and research and development in a
decisions.                                                   computer-based business simulation.
(C) determine price, profit, cost, and break-even
point.
(D) read, calculate, and interpret data found in
financial reports.


(5) The student knows how to use self-                       Throughout the program, students must use
development techniques and interpersonal skills              interpersonal skills and work effectively in teams as
to accomplish business objectives.                           they compete in a computer-based business
(A) identify and practice effective interpersonal and        simulation.
team-building skills.


(9) The student knows that entrepreneurial                   How Much? How Many? and How Much? How
opportunities begin with a working knowledge of              Many? The Simulation—Students learn about
economic concepts.                                           supply and demand and how production affects
(B) use information about supply and demand to               price, sales, and profit as they determine pricing
predict their influence on entrepreneurial activities.       strategies for their business.

                                                             Cutting Edge and Cutting Edge-The Simulation—
                                                             Students learn about the product life cycle, research
                                                             and development, market research, and the four P’s
                                                             of marketing (product, price, place, promotion) and
                                                             how advertising and competition can affect supply,
                                                             demand, and price of a product.



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    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                          JA Titan


(12) The student knows that financial planning is           Make an Investment and Make an Investment-The
necessary for the entrepreneur's success and                Simulation—Students learn about capital investment
solvency.                                                   and make a presentation on why investors should
(A) explain the impact of financial planning on             invest in their company.
entrepreneurial decisions.


(14) The student knows that marketing research              Cutting Edge and Cutting Edge-The Simulation—
is a specific inquiry to solve a problem.                   Students learn about the product life cycle, research
(B) identify components of the marketing research           and development, market research, and the four P’s
process.                                                    of marketing (product, price, place, promotion) and
(C) explain how to use the marketing research               how advertising and competition can affect supply,
process in order to identify potential markets,             demand, and price of a product. They use what they
analyze demand, forecast sales, and make other              have learned to make research and development and
decisions.                                                  marketing decisions for their companies.


(15) The student knows that pricing has policies,           How Much? How Many? and How Much? How
objectives, and strategies.                                 Many? The Simulation—Students learn about
(A) develop and analyze pricing objectives.                 supply and demand and how production affects
(C) recommend appropriate pricing strategies.               price, sales, and profit as they determine pricing
                                                            strategies for their business.


(18) The student knows elements and processes               Cutting Edge—Students learn about the product life
of product planning.                                        cycle by examining a graph showing the profit of a
(A) describe stages of new product planning.                business through the progression of a product from
(C) identify stages of the product life cycle for new       its introduction into the market through its growth,
or existing products.                                       maturity, and decline. They discuss why businesses
                                                            investigate developing new or improved products
                                                            and services.

                             Mathematical Models with Applications

(1) The student uses a variety of strategies and            Throughout the program, students use mathematical
approaches to solve both routine and non-routine            strategies and problem-solving skills to analyze
problems.                                                   statistical data and graphs as they make decisions
(A) compare and analyze various methods for                 about price, production, marketing, capital
solving a real-life problem.                                investment, and research and development in a
(B) use multiple approaches (algebraic, graphical, or       computer-based business simulation.
geometric methods) to solve problems from a
variety of disciplines.
(C) select a method to solve a problem, defend the
method, and justify the reasonableness of the
results.




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    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                       JA Titan


(2) The student uses graphical and numerical              Throughout the program, students analyze and
techniques to study patterns and analyze data.            interpret numerical information from charts and
(A) interpret information from various graphs,            graphs to determine their position in the
including line graphs, bar graphs, circle graphs,         marketplace and to make decisions about price,
histograms, and scatterplots to draw conclusions          production, marketing, capital investment, and
from the data.                                            research and development in a computer-based
(B)analyze numerical data using measures of central       business simulation.
tendency, variability, and correlation in order to
make inferences.


(8) The student uses algebraic and geometric              Throughout the program, students analyze and
models to describe situations and solve problems.         interpret numerical information from charts and
(A) use geometric models available through                graphs to determine the growth or decline of their
technology to model growth and decay (such as             business and to make decisions about price,
population, biology, and ecology).                        production, marketing, capital investment, and
                                                          research and development in a computer-based
                                                          business simulation.




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