CSCOPE Not Beneficial for Students

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Letter: CSCOPE not as beneficial for students as some say it is

Posted: March 6, 2011 – 11:08pm

I noticed Lubbock ISD will soon have a meeting explaining why CSCOPE is beneficial to students. As a teacher in another district using CSCOPE, it amazes me that administrators are touting the success of CSCOPE.

No, I’m not a disgruntled teacher. I come from a department that is rated exemplary by the state. I had one student fail the TAKS test last year; almost half were commended.

However, this year our school began using CSCOPE. This program is a joke, and many, many teachers have tried to speak out against it, but no one who has authority to do anything about it seems to be listening or doesn’t want to admit the thousands of dollars spent on it was a waste. An example of the substandard curriculum of CSCOPE is one 9th grade lesson that required students circle capital letters.

Luckily, our district is not requiring we follow CSCOPE lesson plans. We only have to follow “the scope and sequence and use the unit tests” — the same test I spent four hours retyping because of errors made by CSCOPE.

Further, the scope and sequence forces our own department to undo the proven, successful curriculum we have developed that gave us an exemplary rating.

Maybe the A-J could do a thorough report about CSCOPE and ask the teachers being forced to use it what they think.

It is an insult and a lie to say this is “important to (any) child’s success.”

KIMBERLY THOMAS/Lubbock

 NOTE: CSCOPE DIRECTORS HAVE MISINFORMED SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. PARENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEE ALL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND TESTS. 

GOOD NEWS to Texas Parents

The Texas Education Code gives parents the right to view instructional materials used in their children’s classroom.

Texas Education Code
Chapter 26
Section 26.006 Access to Teaching Materials

Sec. 26.006.  ACCESS TO TEACHING MATERIALS. (a)  A parent is entitled to:
(1)  review all teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom of the parent’s child; and
(2)  review each test administered to the parent’s child after the test is administered.
(b)  A school district shall make teaching materials and tests readily available for review by parents. The district may specify reasonable hours for review.

Parents we have the right to know what is being taught to our children. If you have to, make a copy of this code and take it to the school. But, find out what CSCOPE lessons are all about.

For more information about CSCOPE, see www.TxCscopeReview.com

Contact me about CSCOPE here:   CscopeReview@gmail.com

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