TALKING POINTS USED BY SUPERINTENDENTS TO PACIFY PARENTS
1. “We need CSCOPE to teach the rigor found on the STAAR test.” (MYTH)
The error laden assessments in CSCOPE include open ended questions but any answer is accepted. This format, if used on the STAAR test has a specific answer. Most of the students fail the poorly written assessments causing undue stress and leaving the students feeling like failures. Lessons are full of time wasting cut/paste, foldables and frivolous activities that dumb down the educational value of the lesson.
2. “CSCOPE is just a scope and sequence. Teachers are free to design their own lessons.” (MYTH)
CSCOPE is used to control teachers. In a 2012 training, administrators were taught that “CSCOPE simply helps leaders create compulsory learning environments.” Frequent walk throughs by monitors leave teachers feeling pressured to teach the same lesson on the same day as other teachers for fear of recrimination. Administrators claim that walking through teacher classrooms as many as three times a week with an electronic clipboard is “best practices,” without regard for damage to teacher morale and creation of an oppressive environment. Copyrighted CSCOPE materials state, “To support implementation of this curriculum, districts must have processes and personnel in place to ensure that there is sustained monitoring of the curriculum and that individual teachers do not have the option to disregard or replace assigned content.”
3. “We will get rid of CSCOPE if you can find something better.” (MYTH)
There are plenty of high performing schools across the state that are not using CSCOPE. The TEKS that must be followed can be downloaded for free from the TEA website. A scope and sequence is merely a calendar plotting the progression of lessons to form a timeline before test dates.
5. “CSCOPE is cost effective compared to other options.” (MYTH)
CSCOPE is LEASED on a yearly basis. Thus, schools pay year after year for a product that is not completed when the school year starts. Teachers can not work on lessons over the summer, as is common practice, because lessons are posted in sections as they are written. CSCOPE not only depletes the Instructional Materials Fund, excluding the purchase of quality textbooks, but it includes hidden hard dollar costs for an exorbitant amount of paper, teacher time wasted running papers, substitutes paid for during CSCOPE trainings, and consultants paid to enforce the use of CSCOPE.