CSCOPE Strikes Again

Written by Donna Garner [10.7.14 — I wonder when reporters such as Terrence Stutz are going to try to investigate exactly why Texas’ public school students have lost ground on the SAT.  Could it be (duh?)  that leading up to … Continue reading

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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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The Siesta is Over!

CSCOPE Has Dumbed Down Texas Students

Texas has 20 Over-Funded Education Service Centers (ESCs). Texas Education Commissioner, Michael Williams was asked why Texas students are not at a higher educational level. Get ready for the  Earth shaking answer from Williams, who was selected by Governor Perry … Continue reading

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Parents Have Lost Control

Following is an article written by Donna Garner. I have made comments in red. “What Parents Should Want for Their Children” by Donna Garner 8.30.14  Below is a suggested document for parents to take to their child’s teachers to … 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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Why are Kids Failing?

Are Teachers at Fault? I received the following comment from Scott, who identifies himself  as a teacher. ———————————— “I think you are under the false assumption that all teachers are as enthusiastic about teaching as you! There must be a … 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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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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Men or Mice?

Man or Mouse

Not too far in the past, Texas had exemplary education. Other states could depend on Texas’ State Board of Education (SBOE)  to select quality textbooks and to set high education standards. Through miscellaneous acts by the Texas State Legislatures, power has … Continue reading

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