CSCOPE (education)

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CSCOPE is a K-12 educational curriculum support system that has been widely adopted in Texas. It was created by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC).

Use[edit]

Nineteen out of twenty education regions in Texas have districts that use CSCOPE,[1] and as of January 2, 2011 there were 747 school districts (out of 1,051 total) using it.[2]

Reactions[edit]

While popular with district administrators, CSCOPE has elicited mixed reactions from teachers,[3] some of whom feel excessively constrained by a set timetable for lessons. Other teachers, however, feel that CSCOPE is appreciated by the students and has improved classroom performance and attendance.[4] Some say that CSCOPE will better help prepare districts for the next generation of standardized tests in Texas, such as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test.[5]

The system is a product of an increased emphasis on accountability in public education over the last two decades.[6]

Upcoming Changes[edit]

In 2013, after complaints about parents' inability to access the curriculum as well as about lesson plans, Texas announced significant changes[7] would be made to the system. These changes include:

  • Making all meetings of the governing board public, and meeting all the respective notice requirements.
  • A joint review process of all CSCOPE lessons, beginning with Social Studies.
  • Removing civil or criminal penalties associated with the release of CSCOPE content.
  • Allowing teachers to post any and all CSCOPE lessons that they deem necessary.
  • Creating a standing curriculum review panel composed of parents, teachers, and school administrators.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gulick, Joe. "New curriculum system CSCOPE to bring big changes to schools in Lubbock, across state | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal". Lubbock Online. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  2. ^ "School districts adopting CSCOPE online curriculum | Mom2MomDFW.com". Star-telegram.com. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Texas Teachers ~ Do you use C-Scope? - ProTeacher Community". Proteacher.net. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Roger. "News & Photos - The Llano News - Llano, Texas". The Llano News. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Texas Education Agency - STAAR debuts". Tea.state.tx.us. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  6. ^ Work, Ann. "Local schools planning for new CSCOPE curriculum". Times Record News. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Sen. Patrick, CSCOPE announce sweeping changes". Cyprus Creek Mirror. Feb 8, 2013. Retrieved Feb 8, 2013. 

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