CSCOPE’s Parent Portal
School superintendents have been convinced by the TESCCC sales representatives that their product, called CSCOPE has been designed to meet all state education requirements. Like telemarketers, those selling CSCOPE have memorized a sales pitch.
The CSCOPE salesmen that I’ve met have no clue about the content of the CSCOPE lessons. They truly sound sincere and passionate that the script they use is true. I’ve asked many CSCOPE representatives why parents are not allowed to view the CSCOPE lessons or student worksheets. Same answer: CSCOPE is copyrighted.
But so is every book in the library and these books may be viewed. So why are the lessons presented to public school kids hidden from parents or community members?
I’ve yet to receive an answer to this question. The CSCOPE represented generally is angry by now. Why should the response to these questions make them angry? Is CSCOPE hiding something they don’t want parents to know?
The CSCOPE representatives always mention the parent portal where parents can find out what is being studied.
Like the young child peeking out of the hole in the box, the CSCOPE Parent Portal gives parents only a tiny peek at student lesson content.
The CSCOPE Parent Portal doesn’t give parents a clue about class activities. For example, in elementary school social studies, the CSCOPE parent portal might tell parents that the Bill of Rights would be discussed during a certain time period, but parents are not told that the author of the lesson was allowed to corrupt the meaning of this document. Also the author was allowed to add personal biased comments.
For more information about this, see how CSCOPE Rewrites The Bill of Rights
How does this happen? EASY. Via state legislation, Senate Bill 6, school districts can buy anything they want to and pay for it with our tax money. Senate Bill 6 also allows school districts to decide if they want to purchase school books or not. Yes, your school district can decided not to purchase books. Do your children have text books? Can you imagine taking Calculus, Chemistry, Physics or for that matter any course without a text book? Kids , K-12, keep class notes in a binder–that is what they are to use to study for tests.
Parents, your school superintendent and school board members are responsible for providing each student with instructional materials that cover all the elements of the TEKS adopted by the State Board of Education for every subject and grade level. There is absolutely no proof that the CSCOPE Instructional Material provides the necessary material to meet this criteria.
School superintendents and school board members forced their teachers to sign a CSCOPE gag-order that doesn’t allow them to tell parents what they are teaching their children.
If CSCOPE is so wonderful:
1. Why are teachers not allowed to discuss lesson content with parents?
2. Why are teachers being forced and even monitored to assure they are teaching it?
3. Why have school evaluations dropped?
The Shallowater Independent School District’s 2010 exemplary rating dropped to a recognized rating this year, and the Slaton ISD’s rating went from recognized to acceptable.
This article has some interesting comments. But the bottom line is that CSCOPE was promised –even guaranteed to contain the RIGOR required by TEA. So, if there is a drop in evaluations, don’t blame the TEKS for being harder and more rigorous. CSCOPE was promised to provide all the material schools need to be prepared for the more rigorous STAAR/EPCs tests.
Something is really wrong when the content of public school lessons is kept secret and teachers are legally bound not to reveal the content of the lessons they teach.
Who is to blame? Since Superintendents and School Board Members are responsible for the instructional material they purchase and ultimately responsible for providing an environment as well as instructional materials that prepare them to understand the content of the state standards, then they are at fault.
Why have school district administrators purchased CSCOPE? Now this is a question I will pursue.