Commissioner Williams Blamed

Teachers are Asked to Jump Higher

Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams has done little…… –to nothing different than his predecessor, Robert Scott. Both Williams and Scott  allowed the 20 over funded Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs) to control the instruction materials used in Texas Core … Continue reading

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CSCOPE Blamed for STAAR Scores

To the Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams Commissioner Williams, You have not responded to any cries for help to save Texas Education from the destructive CSCOPE tentacles. Instead, you embraced the ESCs, the groups who deceptively dispersed the CSCOPE … Continue reading

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STAAR Questions For BP/FP of Water

Question 2  FP water

STAAR Test Questions about the Boiling and Freezing Points of Water are shown on this page. Please contribute teaching ideas for TEKS 5.5B , which is for students to know the boiling and freezing point of water in Celsius degrees. … Continue reading

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Texas School Administrators

Texas Has Too Many administrators

Comments from Fil Barnes In pre-CSCOPE days, my PDAS (and the previous acronymic evaluation systems for teachers) evaluations were always very good. Students reported enjoying my classes, I had a good rapport with parents, and test scores were always up … Continue reading

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Back To Learning About STAAR

5th grade 2014 Science STAAR question #16 is incorrect.

Texas Schools Teach to the STAAR TESTs I am questioning sending kids to public school when most teachers are not provided quality instructional materials. Much of the school year is spent preparing kids for the STAAR tests. STAAR tests are … Continue reading

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STAAR Question #4 Incorrect

Refraction Magnification

Scores for the 2014 5th grade Science STAAR need to be revised. Twenty seven percent of the 5th grade students did not select choice “F.” Actually there is no correct answer because the diagram shown is not correct. The photo … Continue reading

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No STAAR Math Re-Testing in 2015

Happy Children

TEA Changes the Rules Again! Children in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 were forced to attend summer school if they failed the 2014 STAAR math tests. A large percent of these children had passing grades in math, … Continue reading

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TEA Facilitates Failure

Twisted Neck of a Giraffe

Why do Texas students not have textbooks? Why does the Texas Education Agency promote the CSCOPE instructional material sold by the Educational Service Centers (ESCs)? The ESCs originally sold CSCOPE as being a replacement for textbooks. The mission of the … Continue reading

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Texas Kids Rushed to Take STAAR

5th grade 2014 Sci STAAR #3

Are Texas Schools Preparing Kids for STAAR Tests? Thirteen percent of 5th graders missed Science STAAR question #3 . This means 46,308  Texas 5th grade do not understand what inherited traits are. Both, STAAR questions #3 and #30 are aligned … Continue reading

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STAAR Inhibits Education

CSCOPE 5th Science Year At a Glance

Was your child one of the 56,994 Texas fifth graders who missed Question #2 on the 2014 Science STAAR test? The STAAR question shown here is something that every 5th grade students should have been taught. The state standard for … Continue reading

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