3rd Grade Evolution of TAKS to TEKS

Following is a comparison of three 3rd grade math test questions. Notice that each problem has the same math TEKS. Are Texans being scammed by the Texas Education Agency, the SBOE, the Commissioner of Education and every legislature who has … Continue reading

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CSCOPE’s New Name

4th Grade Science Assessmentrors

Parents, If your school is using CSCOPE Assessments, ask for a comparison between grades on class work, including tests, and grades on CSCOPE Assessments. Note that in order to continue to misinform parents, the 20 State Education Service Centers have … Continue reading

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CSCOPE Science Grade 5 Unit 2 Lesson 1: Physical Science

Parents, I  reviewed the following 5th grade CSCOPE Science lesson about Physical Properties. While I have made comments on the lesson in red, my comment to you is HELP!!! CSCOPE lessons will be in our Texas Schools this year (2013-2014). … Continue reading

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CSCOPE Encourages Bulimia


Parents, CSCOPE is being removed from some school districts. It can be removed from your school district. Start informing everyone you know about this program. Don’t think it is over because bills are being filed and the state board of … Continue reading

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CSCOPE’s Fire Alarm Lesson

CSCOPE Science Lesson on Convection has students using a smoking rag, which would not be safe.

This CSCOPE Science Teacher Demonstration contains possible fire and smoke hazards. Fire Hazard: Igniting a rag, then blowing out the flame. Smoke Hazard: Smoke from the burning rag diffuses through the room. Too much smoke could cause respiratory problems and/or … Continue reading

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Example of CSCOPE Science Rigor

CSCOPE's assessments do not always match the lesson content, and this question is so confusing that it doesn't have an answer.

CSCOPE is advertised as having rigor. If rigor means to be challenged in a way to encourage kids to “think outside the box,” then I say that CSCOPE Science is not rigorous. Maybe CSCOPE is counting confusing and challenges that have … Continue reading

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CSCOPE Not Aligned with Science Standards

CSCOPE keys for the scientific method are incorrect. The one shown is for a hoovercraft investigation and it has little correct information.

The Scientific Method Makes Up 40% of Science STAARs    Problem for an Experiment: CSCOPE’s Incorrect Example  How does an applied force, such as a push, affect a CD hovercraft? A push is not a type of force, instead it … Continue reading

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Tx Renowned Science Author Banned

Janice VanCleave, renowned science author.

As a science writer, I work with many educators and online curriculum companies. I’ve written 50+ science activity books for kids and educators, thus I can say without being immodest that I understand the basics of science. Since the content … Continue reading

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CSCOPE 5th Grade Force Errors

CSCOPE assessment has a cart on a fixed ramp. Question is not age appropriate, CSCOPE answer is incorrect.

CSCOPE’s Incorrect Content on Forces CSCOPE Force Lessons start in early elementary. Force is defined as a push or pull and this limited definition is used through 8th grade and probably through physics. Correct Force is a push or pulling … Continue reading

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