Texas Commissioner of Education Raises the Math Standards
The Commissioner of Education recently said,
“Texas students are not ready to be graded by higher standards because the instruction they are receiving in core subjects is not up to the rigorous level of questioning on the STAAR. Our instruction has not yet risen to the level it needs to be…We haven’t jumped high enough in the classroom.”
So what does the Commissioner of Texas Education plan to do about this problem? He raises the math K-8 standards. DUH!
Another brainstorm of the Commissioner of Education and TEA is to raise the standards and decrease the number of days for student instruction. This is done by scheduling the STAAR tests in April of each school year.
Parents–How can your children learn the TEKS and be ready for the STAAR tests in early April? The TEKS are standards designed for one school year, yet students are tested long before the end of the school year.
To add insult to injury, the scores on the math and/or reading STAAR are used exclusively to determine whether a student passes or fails.
The 20 Education Service Centers (ESCs) are state funded groups who are suppose to be assisting school districts across Texas. The directors of these groups are training people to be “coaches,” who mandate that teachers use the same lessons–cloned– so that every students receives Exactly the same information in EXACTLY the same way on EXACTLY the same day. This was also part of the ESCs program called CSCOPE. Now the program is called TRS.
Schools with coaches do not allow their Teachers to differentiate their lessons to accommodate for students with different ability levels.The objective is for all students to progress to the same level, which according to the Commissioner of Texas Education is very low.
The Commissioner of Education and the SBOE have recently introduced drastic changes in math standards.
Since the Commissioner of Texas Education thinks Texas Students are not prepared for higher standards his solution is to set the math standards for K-8 at a much higher scholastic level.
Why has the SBOE gone along with this outrageous change in the Math TEKS?
Following is a sample of a 3rd grade CSCOPE math test question being sold to Texas schools by the STATE Education Service Centers. Yes, I said sold to our schools.
There are many problems with the ESCs:
First the questions on the tests are generally not rigorous–only purposely confusing.
Second the ESCs are funded very, very generously by the state–our tax money–yet the ESCs sell instructional material like this.
Third Texas school boards and school superintendents purchase this unvetted CSCOPE instructional material–Yes, the ESCs have changed the name from CSCOPE to TRS but a name change has not changed the quality of the material.
This is the type of material that is being used to teach math to 3rd grade students in Texas.