Topic: Curriculum

Tell the State Board of Ed: Stand Up For Science!

Texas AFT urges you to sign a timely petition drawn up by our friends at the Texas Freedom Network in support of sound science instruction. Here’s TFN’s take on why this show of support is needed now to nudge the State Board of Education in the right direction: “The state board has already begun working on its once-a-decade adoption of...

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Texas Education Agency Points to New Law on Adoption of Curriculum Initiatives Like CSCOPE

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today reminded school districts that the legislature enacted a new law in June mandating local airing of issues surrounding the adoption of a major curriculum initiative or “curriculum management system” like CSCOPE. That particular curriculum system, replete with exemplar lesson plans to help bridge the gap between state curriculum guidelines and day-by-day classroom instruction,...

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Tune in to CSCOPE Debate Online Saturday at 6:30 PM

Coming up on Saturday, August 24, at 6:30 pm is the much-anticipated debate between Thomas Ratliff, a Republican member of the State Board of Education from Mount Pleasant, and Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican state senator from Houston, on the pros and cons of the CSCOPE curriculum-management system. Video of the debate will be live-streamed. CSCOPE has been reviled by...

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Going Overboard Over CSCOPE Lesson Plans

The CSCOPE curriculum-management system, developed as a service sold to school districts by a consortium of the state's regional educational service centers, is going out of business this month after coming under fire for multiple reasons. Parents and some lawmakers complained that it was too hard to gain access to CSCOPE's proprietary array of sample lesson plans, supplied to show...

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In Case You Wondered, “Common Core” Does Not Apply in Texas

The U.S. Department of Education has made a strong effort to encourage states to adopt so-called “Common Core” national curriculum standards. Some 45 states have done so. But Texas is not one of them. The other holdouts are Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and—partially—Minnesota. The Common Core project has become increasingly controversial as states implement tests and teacher evaluations tied to the...

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Changes in Store for CSCOPE, Under Legislative Pressure

Sen. Dan Patrick, chair of the Texas Senate Education Committee, announced today that a consortium of regional educational service centers has agreed to a menu of significant changes in their CSCOPE curriculum-management system. CSCOPE is used by hundreds of school districts to bridge the gap between state curriculum standards and actual classroom lessons designed to meet those standards. But the...

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