CSCOPE’s Nasty Fingers are Still Squeezing the Life Out of Texas Schools
In 2011 the State TEA Conservator, Elizabeth Rowland, was assigned to the Marlin ISD approved the implementation of the CSCOPE Managing System. Rowland had been the special education director at ESC-Region 11 from 2000-2010, during this time the ESCs decided to work together and create CSCOPE, a one-size fits all curriculum to be used in every Texas School. The objective of the 20 ESCs is to provide materials that meet the needs of students in the 20 different regions of Texas.
The one-size-fits all CSCOPE instruction material negatively affected the scores of the Marlin Elementary Students. One would think that the TEA Conservator would come up with a better improvement plan, but not so. Instead, Rowland gave a positive report for the Math scores since there was an improvement from 30% to 32%. Rowland gave false reason for the 6% drop in the science grades. Rowland explained that it was the first year that the elementary students were in a separate science class. DUH! First of all science has been a separate course for several years. Second, have science as a separate class is suppose to be better. but not if teachers are forced to use the inaccurate CSCOPE lessons and inaccurate CSCOPE assessments.
Following is only one test question example, but more examples will be in the next publication. Remember that this example is for 4th grade students. Note that the TEKS are written in a form that gives an example of how rigorous the information is to be presented. The CSCOPE/TEKS Resource assessment question is asking students to know that recycling paper results in conserving trees. I guess recycling glass conserves sand. The question does not align with the TEKS listed.
Comment from a teacher in a CSCOPE School—School that is still paying the local ESC for the flawed CSCOPE, now called TEKS Resource material that TEA is promoting and advising low performance schools to use. Now sure what the conservators will do if a school already is using CSCOPE, such as the one where this teacher works.
I have gone from being a teacher having the confidence that I could accomplish anything in the classroom to a teacher that no longer knows which end is up. Metaphors are our montra…a ship without a rudder, a kite without a string, a compass without a needle.
How sad that education in our district wears the mask of deceit. I just wish that sanity could return to our classrooms.
Isn’t it interesting that this conflict has never been experienced over a textbook adoption?