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March 11, 2013

SBOE panel to review CSCOPE

Concerns have been raised by parents and educators about the CSCOPE curriculum management system. CSCOPE was created by 19 regional education service centers and is now used by more than 800 public school districts and private schools in Texas. The system’s lesson plans, like all lesson plans, are not under the authority of the State Board of Education (SBOE). However, in response to growing public concern, legislative leaders have asked the SBOE to review CSCOPE content.

TEA is misleading the public about the CSCOPE lessons. Actually, the TEA statement below is a bald face lie:

The system’s lesson plans, like all lesson plans, are not under the authority of the State Board of Education (SBOE). However, in response to growing public concern, legislative leaders have asked the SBOE to review CSCOPE content.

CSCOPE is a product being sold to Texas School Districts. 

CSCOPE is being used in lieu of textbooks in some school districts.

CSCOPE was created by the Texas Education Service Centers who as their name implies were created to provide a service to Texas schools. In 2005 the tax paid employees of these centers created CSCOPE, then created a company and transferred CSCOPE ownership to this company, called TESCCC,inc. The attorney general is investigating this as well as other illegal action. 

CSCOPE Lessons are part of a product being sold to schools. The ESC directors found loop holes in education codes that allowed them circumvent the state board of education’s review. The senators have bills in process to close these loop holes. 
TEA knows this. TEA know that the CSCOPE lessons are not like classroom teacher lessons. Has TEA been working with the ESCs to implement CSCOPE in our schools?
Maybe TEA needs to be evaluated. 

As a result, SBOE Chair Barbara Cargill has appointed an ad hoc committee to include SBOE members: Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo; Mavis Knight, D-Dallas; Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth; Tom Maynard, R-Florence.

Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth; –Pat spoke out at the SBOE meeting about CSCOPE and praised this product. Said the assessments were comparable to the STAAR questions which she evaluated. What is the chance that Pat Hardy is going to give an objective evaluation of CSCOPE. 
Tom Maynard, R-Florence.–Tom is my board representative. I voted for him and encouraged other to do so. First thing Tom does is bond with Thomas Ratliff, who has been ruled to be an illegal member on the State Board of Education. This is because he is a lobbyist for Microsoft. Ratliff has made multiple public statements in support of CSCOPE. Why? CSCOPE is an online program and microsoft produces computer programs. 

She (Barbara Cargill) has also named three members of the CSCOPE governing board to the committee: John Bass, Region 16 in Amarillo, Clyde Steelman, Region 11 in Fort Worth and Elizabeth Abernethy, Region 7 in Kilgore. Marty Rowley will chair the committee.

This has been said to be like allowing a person accused of murder to be a member of the jury. 

The first organizational meeting will occur in late March. All meetings will be posted as open to the public.

The chair’s ad hoc committee will appoint review panels to examine the CSCOPE instructional content, beginning with social studies. A public process will solicit nominations for the review panels which will be composed of parents, educators, curriculum specialists, business professionals and other stakeholders.

It doesn’t really matter what this group discovers. The owners of CSCOPE have the option of making changes or not. What is the point of this other than to make the public think that something is really being done. 

All this is doing is costing the tax payers more money and nothing is going to happen. 

Results of the review will be given to the CSCOPE governing board for its consideration. As the review is voluntarily and non-binding, it will be up to the CSCOPE governing board to decide whether to take any actions based on the results.

 

“I believe this process will be of great benefit to everyone involved, especially the students, parents, teachers and citizens of Texas,” Cargill said. “I thank concerned citizens for bringing this issue to light. All instructional materials must be easily accessible to parents, not only to reinforce learning at home but also to assure that quality, error-free content is taught in our classrooms.”

TEA has used Ms. Cargill’s statement to another event. It has already been pointed out that the CSCOPE directors have not abided by the Sweeping Changes they agreed to. No parents do not have access to the CSCOPE lessons and according to Wade Lebay, the state CSCOPE director, they never will. 

 

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  1. Hi Janice, I did some research on TEA..their foundation POWER ON TEXAS was a back door to implement the CSCOPE/Common Core..I found out that Perry supports POT..When I looked into it on his website..I saw that Dr.Paul E. Resta http://www.edb.utexas.edu/education/centers/ltc/about/resta/ he is currently the President of UNESCO

    Dr. Resta currently serves as the President of the International Jury for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. He served as Conference Chair of the 2012 Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education Annual Conference; and Chairman, Board of Directors, National Laboratory for Educational Transformation. He also recently served as Chair of the Association for Teacher Educators National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education; Chair of the UNESCO Working Group on E-Learning for Teacher Development; and as member of the National Council for Microsoft Partners in Learning; Blackboard National Council for K-12 Education; and the Board of Governors of the Online Academy funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Dr. Resta recently received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics, and Informatics. He has received the Association of Teacher Educators President’s Service Award for outstanding leadership in 2011, 2010, and 2009, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) for outstanding international and national leadership and for his contributions to the field of technology use in teacher education. He is also the recipient of two of the highest awards for quality of instructional design and development of Web-based learning environments: the U.S. Distance Learning Association Award for Outstanding Achievements in Higher Education (April 2001), and the University Continuing Education Association National Distance Learning Course Award (April 2001).

    Examples of recent books, chapters and articles include:

    Resta, P. (Ed.) Teacher Development in an E-Learning Age. Paris, France. United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization. (In Press).
    Resta, P. & Shonfeld, M. (2012) “Challenges and Strategies in Designing Cross-National: Learning Team Projects in Virtual Worlds” Chapter in: Gregory, M., Lee, M., Dalgarno, B., & Tynan, B. (Eds.) Virtual Worlds in Online and Distance Education, Athabasca, Canada. Athabasca University Press (In Press).
    Resta, P. (2011) ICTs and Indigenous People. Moscow, Russia: UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education.
    Resta, P. & Kalk, D. (2011) “An Ecological Approach to Instructional Design: The Learning Synergy of Interaction and Context,” Chapter in Olofsson, A. & Lindberg, J. (Eds.), Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global Publishers.
    Traphagan, T., Chiang, Y., Chiang, H. Wattanawha, B. Lee, H., Mayrath, M., Woo, J., Jee, M., & Resta, P. (2010) “Cognitive, Social and Teaching Presence in a Virtual World and a Text Chat.” Computers and Education: An International Journal. Vol 55(3) 923-936.
    Resta, P., & Lee, H. (2010) “Online Peer and Self Assessment in Virtual Teaming,” Chapter in Virtual Teams: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration, Hoboken, New Jersey: Stevens Institute of Technology. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Mayrath, M., Traphagan, T., Jarmon, L., & Resta, P. (2010) “Teaching with Virtual Worlds: Factors to Consider for Instructional Use of Second Life,” Journal of Educational Computing Research. Vol.43(4) 403-444.
    Resta, P., & Laferriere, T. “Technology in Support of Collaborative Learning”. Article in Educational Psychology Review Journal. Netherlands: Springer, Volume 19, Number 1, March 2007.
    Resta, P, Christal, M. & Roy, L. Digital Technology to Empower Indigenous Culture and Education. Chapter in Davis, N.E., and Brown, A. (Eds.) The World Yearbook of Education 2004: Digital Technology, Communities, and Education. London: Kogan Page Publishers. 2004.
    Information and Communication Technologies in Teacher Education: A Planning Guide. Resta , P. (Ed.) Paris, France: United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2003.
    Toward Digital Equity: Bridging the Divide in Education. Solomon, G., Resta, P. & Allen, N. (Eds.) Boston: Allyn & Bacon. 2002.