CSCOPE: Not Aligned with New TEKS and STAAR/EOCs

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CSCOPE is a type #2 learning method where as the revised TEKS, STAAR/EOCS are Type #1.

Lucy Calkins is behind much of the writing workshop/personal essay/whole language/balanced literacy/social justice approach.

Whole language is the constructivism learning method, described as  type #2 by Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The following  link from ESC 12 clearly shows how easily the CSCOPE directors can remove information from their website. Originally the working link showed a CSCOPE presentation (copyrighted 2012) that stresses balanced literacy by Lucy Calkins.

Now the link doesn’t work.

 ESC 12 presentation on CSCOPE and Balanced Literacy:

Along with this Link for Lucy Calkins works,

The following links for Lucy Calkins project together show how far off base the Texas Education Service Centers are leading our school districts by not emphasizing the direct, systematic instruction of phonemic awareness/decoding skills of Type #1 in the new ELAR/TEKS/STAAR-EOC’s. )


Instead, the CSCOPE instructional material created and sold to Texas Public School by a collaborative of 19 ESCs represents  Type #2 teaching method.

I believe a strong case could be made that CSCOPE is not preparing our Texas students for the new STAAR/EOC’s because of misdirecting educators right back to the “old” TEKS.

Donna Garner


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  3. Lynda Braschler says:

    I understand that you might disagree with a curriculum, but I don’t see any evidence of the problems you see in CScope (other than that it uses the workshop approach supported by Lucy Calkins and many other educators). In reality I see most schools using a combination of your type 1 and type 2 approaches–direct, systematic instruction followed by many opportunities to practice in real life (or close to real life) situations with the teacher releasing responsibilty along the way. There is no socialistic agenda…we just want our students to learn and have a love of learning.

    • Lynda,
      The science lessons have many errors. Is that enough to make you take a second look at this program.
      The ESCs took $152 million dollars to develop and present TEKS workshops and instead are selling CSCOPE.
      UUM! Where is our money? Why sell CSCOPE when great TEKS material was developed–the ESCs just didn’t
      advertise and present it to many.

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      Please help stop CSCOPE. Our legislatures can only do so much. It will be parents and other patriots that will
      stop CSCOPE. Today!! Please take the time to write letters. Use the form letters provided in the following link.
      Add your own comments. Encourage friends and family to send out letters. If school administrators are flooded
      with letters letting them know that the community does not want CSCOPE, they will be forced to make changes.
      In Irving, Texas the school board is one vote short of declining the purchase of CSCOPE. Irving parents can make
      the difference in the votes of other school board members. Get involved.

  5. This is another example of disinformation campaigns, whose sole intent is to assign blame along political party lines, without regard for the truth. If the haters, racists and right-wing subversives who don’t have have children in Texas schools, or even live in Texas for that matter, would mind their own business and stay off sites like this which have nothing to do with them, well then Texas would be a much better. This politically-inspired rhetoric and propaganda is the most damaging thing to our country, and to the State of Texas. We already have enough uneducated, ignorant subversives and racists in Texas. If you don’t live in Texas or have kids in Texas schools, shut the hell up. It’s up to us to fix the issues with school curriculum issues and concerns in Texas schools, a job made much more difficult by your lies and fear tactics. No one wants to take your damn guns, but we would like to take away your computers, mobile devices and internet access if this is all you can do. Internet trolls with nothing better to do than start false rumors and stir up trouble are one of the main reasons our country is in so much trouble today.

    • Please give comments without cursing.

      I do disagree with you—the trouble with America is that the right-wing Christians have not stood up and stood against progressive education.

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  6. Don’t even get me started on “whole language.” John Taylor Gatto’s free online book, found here: talks about the history of reading instruction in depth. We are so far off base. The thing is, we KNOW whole language doesn’t work….which would almost lead one to believe that we are deliberately dumbing kids down….

    • Actually, the research demonstrates well that whole-language reading works for about 40% of students. Phonics also works, the research shows, for about 40% of students. Usually those groups don’t overlap.

      We need less dictation from people who aren’t in the classroom, and more support for the people who are in the classroom and told NOT to do what they know will work to help kids unlock the keys to learning.

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