Opting Out of STAARs

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Why Bother Opting Out of Staars?

Why not Opt out of Going to any CSCOPE School?OPT Out of STAARs

I never thought about opting out of state test until recently. After investigating CSCOPE and discovering that it does not prepare students to take the Texas state tests, why spend millions of dollars on this test for nothing?

I assume that Pearson, the publishing company being paid millions of dollars to print STAARs, has the test printed. But that is no reason to continue with the insanity –drill and kill- that precedes the weeks before the state testing.

One parent of a third grader told me that the school sent home a study booklet. I’ve not seen the booklet, but wonder if it is something printed by Pearson. Along with this booklet was a letter from the principal informing the 3rd grade child and parents that if the girl failed certain parts of the STAARs the child would be retained in 3rd grade. The child and parent were required to sign the paper and return it to the principal.

If the STAARs test is all that counts in regard to progressing to the next grade, I suggest that parent opt out of sending kids to school. 

Are Schools using CSCOPE  liable for using material that has not prepared students to take the STAARs? They should be.  CSCOPE is now being evaluated by the State Board of Education. The CSCOPE social studies lessons are first to be reviewed. Think about it, the SBOE members are to do their regular work and find time to evaluate the CSCOPE lesson for K-12. What then? Who fixes the lessons? Will these patched up CSCOPE lessons be part of the curriculum to prepare your children for college?

OOPS! Senator Patrick requests that schools  use CSCOPE as a resource, but CSCOPE doesn’t have any resource material. CSOPE IS NOT A RESOURCE. If CSCOPE is being reviewed for plagiarism, incorrect lessons, as a parent, do you want schools to continue to use these lessons?

How long will it take for the SBOE to evaluate every K-12 lesson in CSCOPE in every subject. In the mean time, is your school still using CSCOPE? Is you school still leasing CSCOPE? Senator Patrick warns schools using CSCOPE to make sure the lessons are correct. How are schools going to know if CSCOPE lessons are correct when they have had no clue for the past 7 years what is and isn’t correct. In defense of some teachers, administrators have not allowed teachers to report the errors. These are the teachers that administrators marked as not being cooperative.

Teachers need to demand to see what has been recorded in their files.

Student Failed Because Of CSCOPE

Let’s look at the big picture. How many kids have failed during the last seven year because CSCOPE was used as the instruction material in their schools.

How many more children are going to fail because CSCOPE HAS NOT  been removed from their schools?

Who is at fault for children failing the State Texts Over the Last Seven Years?

Since the Senate Education Committee hearing identified  CSCOPE as not being trustworthy and in need of being evaluated by the SBOE, CSCOPE director’s claim that CSCOPE prepares students for the state test is not valid.

Who produced CSCOPE?

A group of Texas Education Service Centers who gave themselves the title of TESCCC. 

Who sold CSCOPE? TESCCC
Who is responsible for the content of CSCOPE? TESCCC

Who do parents need to contact with questions about why their children have not been prepared to take the state tests with year, 2013 or have failed this test since CSCOPE has been in their school? TESCCC

Who is responsible for CSCOPE being in your child’s school?

The superintendent and school board members of your school. 

Who has repeatedly supported CSCOPE and even testified to its quality before the state senate education committee?

School superintendents and school board members. 

Who do parents need to contact with questions about why their children have not been prepared to take the state tests with year, 2013 or have failed this test since CSCOPE has been in their school?

 The superintendent and school board members of your school. 

Parents need to ask their superintendents and school board members how much school tax money is being paid to their professional organizations called TASA/TASB. Katy ISD is spending about $70,000 per yer.

Parents need to ask their superintendents and school board members if they are part of the TASA/TASB group working to implement common core so that the federal government will take over local schools.

Parents need to ask their superintendents and school board members why their children should be going through a “drill and kill” program to try to prepare for the state test because they purchased an inadequate instruction material called CSCOPE?

Parents need to ask their superintendents and school board members why their children need to take the STAARs when CSCOPE obviously has not prepared them for this test.

Parents need to ask their superintendents and school board members why the community should allow them to continue to unschool their children.

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  1. 4 realteacher says:

    No one has to take the STAAR test. Do a search for Parents Opt Out of testing and you will hit on the national website. Click onto Texas link. You will connect with many smart parents who choose to opt their children out of these meaningless tests. Good luck! If you can’t find the site, or still have more questions, please repost your question!

  2. misty chavez says:

    I NEED HELP! CAN I OPT OUT OF MY CHILDREN FROM TAKING THE STAR TEST? WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? ANYONE HAVE ANSWERS?

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