Texas History Teacher Speaks Out!
CSCOPE–It’s a $$$ scheme.
I am a history teacher in TX.
I think I speak for 95% of teachers across the state when I say I hate CSCOPE.
Texas Social Studies Teacher Speaks Out!
My colleagues and I just spent an entire day “planning” for the next six weeks.
Not once did we open one of our recently adopted textbooks. However, we each had a copy of the next C Scope test in front of us. Each of us thoroughly examined the test, having to take each question apart, decipher it, discuss all aspects of its possible meaning and then come up with similarly worded “lessons” so that our students would have a fighting chance of passing the test.
We are still “fighting” to keep our desired goals in mind and trying to pair C Scope with subject matter that we know both interests and enlightens our students.
On the last C Scope test, we had an average of under 40% of students pass and we are teachers who regularly had passing rates of 95% and above on TAKS tests.
Heaven help us if our job security is ever tied to C Scope!
Right now we really don’t care about C Scope scores as much as we care about our students actually knowing things of true value.
Teachers know the CSCOPE assessment scored do not reflect student understanding of concepts being tested, but the administration does.