CSCOPE is the instruction material used in about 80% of Texas School Districts. The primary selling point is that this material has a scope and sequence that aligns with the Texas state standards called TEKS. Also, CSCOPE is said to have a Scope and Sequence which tells teachers what must be taught and when to teach it. In many CSCOPE schools the CSCOPE scope and sequence is nonnegotiable.
To make sure teachers are following the CSCOPE scope and sequence, schools have trained CSCOPE enforcers. Enforcers micromanage teachers to make sure they are on the correct lesson. One teacher was given a negative review because he had the wrong lesson number displayed on the board. on the and encouraging veteran teachers to leave the school or shut up with any negative comments.
I have reviewed the content of the scope and sequence for CSCOPE’s 5th grade science. A BUNKO Scheme is a swindle in which a person is persuaded to purchase a worthless material. Could the selling of CSCOPE by a state agency be considered a Bunko Scheme?
Am I being to critical of the CSCOPE material? See for yourself.
Following are the TEKS and specificities that CSCOPE directors advertise as being what teachers need to prepare lessons that are aligned with the Texas State Standards, the TEKS.
NOTE: Specificities are suppose to provide teachers with a better understanding of the TEKS.
My evaluation: The CSCOPE specificities are nothing more than the TEKS written in an outline form. Even the outline is incorrect.
What do you think?
Schools are paying $7 to $10 per student each year for CSCOPE TEKS and Specificities K-12. The Education Service Centers responsible for this fraud are promoting the idea that teachers need CSCOPE and have nothing comparable to replace it.
NOT TRUE!!! In fact TEA has better information on their website and it is free.
Compare the following CSCOPE material with the free TEA material for the same science standards–TEA’s 5th Grade Science TEKS–
Why are school using their text book money to purchase CSCOPE ? One answer is that the superintendents want students to do poorly on the state tests. This gives them evidence that their own education plan, call vision learning is needed. YES! Texas superintendents are sabotaging education.
TASA School Transformation
Part 2 will be the CSCOPE Information Focus Document (IFD)
The TEA Website has information that provides better descriptions of the TEKS and there is no charge. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147500048