In the mid-1990s, school leaders across Texas were searching for ways to make sure all their teachers followed the state’s new course standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS. There are hundreds of standards in each subject and grade, and even the best textbooks don’t cover them all.
There are bits and pieces of actual facts, but not enough. I am going to comment on a few, but will not repeat the incorrect information he included about other sincere and dedicated people who are –and yes at their own expense –working to improve Texas Education. No, not one of the people campaigning against CSCOPE, to my knowledge are benefiting any way. If anything, we all started and continue our fight knowing that some reporters, like Patrick, report the negative and even add untruths to make it more sensational.
1. The transition from the TEKS for the TAKS tests to the TEKS for the STAAR tests was in the 2010-2011 school year.
2. In 1996,TASA- Texas Association for School Administrators launched their plan to sabotage TEAs education system with their transformation Vision Learning Program. The same year, the ESCs started selling CSCOPE and the TASA superintendents purchased it.
3. The ESCs started the campaign that there are so many standards in each subject and grade that not even the best textbooks cover them all. This is a lie. I am asking Patrick if he looked at the TEKS for one subject and if he looked at a textbook to confirm that there are more TEKS than are covered in the book.
Following is a list of the total TEKS for 5th grade science and when they might be taught during the school year.
Any science textbook regardless of the date of publication will have the information in these TEKS.
Patrick, I challenge you to find one subject at any grade level that has HUNDREDS OF TEKS.
This lie came from the ESCs because it is one they repeat often. First, to discredit TEA and second to promote the idea that textbooks are not useful. The ESC directors created and sell CSCOPE and online
curriculum. Thomas Ratliff, a lobbyist for Microsoft naturally promotes an online curriculum.
Patrick, the remaining parts of your article are so jumbled with correct and incorrect information. I wish you had trusted me. I gave you correct information.