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BURKBURNETT ISD LOOSENING CSCOPE REQUIREMENTS

Date posted: January 25, 2013

By Donna Garner

 

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I trust that Burkburnett ISD is going to seek a refund of taxpayers’ dollars from CSCOPE since teachers are no longer required to use the entire program. (Please see Times Record-News article by Ann Work posted below.)

Example of cost:  Ector County ISD just paid CSCOPE $1.7 Million for this school year.  Burkburnett ISD has undoubtedly paid similar high costs. A refund from CSCOPE is in order.

(I have heard from teachers that districts are spending thousands and thousands of dollars to Xerox the CSCOPE lessons since there are no student textbooks. The taxpayers are picking up these costs that are outside the cost of purchasing CSCOPE.)

 In actuality, CSCOPE is not needed by any school districts in Texas. Teachers when given enough time are perfectly capable of setting their own goals as to how they are going to teach the new TEKS (curriculum standards). 

 The difference in the new TEKS (tied to STAAR/End-of-Course tests) and the old TEKS (tied to TAKS tests) is that the new TEKS are specific for each grade level and emphasize fact-based learning – a return to teaching the badly needed basics before unrealistically expecting students to be able to do higher-level-thinking. 

 Instead of purchasing CSCOPE, districts should allow teachers to meet by grade levels and departments and to share ideas on how to bundle various TEKS elements together and form units (thus covering the TEKS in total).  Individual teachers can then decide in what order they want to present the bundled lessons, making sure that students are ready for the new STAAR/EOC’s when given.

 For instance, let’s look at the way an English I teacher could bundle various TEKS together to create a good teaching unit on persuasive reading/writing/speaking. 

 

(Link to English I TEKS:http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter110/ch110c.html#110.31 )

 

An English I teacher could create a unit in which his students  (1) read persuasive pieces (both fiction and nonfiction), (2) recognize analogies, (3) analyze inferences, (4) compare persuasive texts with various viewpoints, (5) study the etymology and denotative/connotative meanings of various vocabulary words, (6) use a dictionary/glossary/thesaurus, (7) consider graphical sources used in the persuasive literary piece (e.g., newspaper commentary using a pie chart), (8) distinguish the formality of the tone of different persuasive literary pieces, (9) learn about the thesis/counter-arguments, (10) discover how to use research sources to gather data, (11) understand the meaning of plagiarism, (12) learn how to paraphrase and cite sources, (13) go through the five-step writing process, and (14) use correct grammar/mechanics/spelling.  

 

After evaluating the persuasive compositions for content/style/organization and also for grammar/mechanics/spelling, the teacher should conduct a writing conference with the student to discuss the paper. In this conference, the teacher needs to make sure that students understand how to correct their grammar/mechanics/spelling mistakes.

 Once the students have corrected their persuasive papers, teachers should teach students good listening/speaking skills and have them present persuasive speeches to the class.

Please notice how many of the English I TEKS can be covered in just one unit!  This is the way that teachers can indeed cover all of the new TEKS in a year’s time.

Teachers do not need CSCOPE and its “robotic” planning requirements that do not allow teachers the time they need to make sure their students are achieving mastery.  

Teachers can design their own creative teaching units using the new TEKS as the guide to tell them what to teach but not how to teach it.

 Donna Garner

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WOMEN ON THE WALL RADIO TAKES ON CSCOPE WITH EDUCATION EXPERT DONNA GARNER.

 

The issue of CSCOPE is very important and Donna Garner does an exceptional job of explaining the history of CSCOPE and why it is so important that we push back against CSCOPE. 

 

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1.24.13 — Wichita Falls Times Record News

 

Burkburnett ISD Loosens Lesson Guidelines: Teachers Can Skip Exemplar Lessons

by Ann Work

1.17.13

  Burkburnett ISD lifted its requirements on teachers who use its CSCOPE curriculum, telling them they are no longer required to use its exemplar lessons.

They are still required to follow CSCOPE’s planning documents and present subject matter according to the CSCOPE sequence, but they may substitute their own lessons for CSCOPE’s, according to Missy Mayfield, Burkburnett ISD curriculum specialist.

The announcement came in early December, shortly before Christmas break, and was presented as “an early Christmas present from your administrative team,” Mayfield said Tuesday.

The decree came after loosening the guidelines a little bit in August, she said.

Burkburnett teachers have used CSCOPE for four years.

“Our teachers know the state standards well enough now; they can write their own lessons to meet state standards,” Mayfield said.

CSCOPE is an online curriculum designed to help teachers fit all the state’s requirements into their teaching so that they adequately prepare students for state tests.

More than 800 of the state’s 1,036 school districts adopted the CSCOPE product since it was introduced by the state’s regional service centers in 2006.

All Region 9 school districts except City View ISD lease CSCOPE for about $7 per student annually.

Teachers told Mayfield they felt the pressure of fitting in all of CSCOPE’s lessons.

“The lessons are very full, very packed,” Mayfield said. Even though CSCOPE may recommend that a lesson last five days, there is usually enough material to fill three weeks of class time, especially with the slow learners, she said.

“There’s always time pressure. We felt that stress could be lifted,” she said.

CSCOPE has come under fire recently for the secrecy it demands of teachers, who are prohibited from showing CSCOPE classroom documents to anyone.

Others have complained about its controversial teaching approaches and lessons, “exemplar” lessons that some say are actually weak, poor correlation between lessons and tests, and lessons that favor Islam and portray Christianity incorrectly.

Even though districts bought the product with the guarantee

it would give teachers all they need to help students pass state tests, there has been no outside oversight of the product or proof of such claims.

One current report on CSCOPE was completed in November but has not yet been released by state CSCOPE Director Wade Labay.

Other concerns revolve around the financial web of the original CSCOPE product and how it was allowed to pass from a state product of the regional service centers into its current status as a nonprofit, private corporation.

Mayfield was part of the state leadership team who trained more than 3,000 teachers on CSCOPE when it was introduced, she said.

CSCOPE grew out of a perfect storm of problems confronting administrators then, she said.

The Texas State Board of Education had just rewritten all the state’s requirements and added so much to them that teachers were overwhelmed at the breadth of requirements they were now held accountable for teaching.

Meanwhile, test scores were sinking, a new test with increasing rigor was on the horizon, and accountability standards were on the rise.

“Administrators first saw CSCOPE and said, ‘This is what we’ve been looking for. It will organize and map the TEKS (state requirements) out in a logical manner,'” she said.

Administrators incorrectly saw CSCOPE then as “all we will ever need again,” Mayfield said.

Lessons were later added to the sequencing flow chart.

“It took two to three years (using CSCOPE) to say, ‘Maybe that’s not the silver bullet,'” Mayfield said.

She remembers training 200 teachers on CSCOPE a mere three days before they were supposed to begin using it in the classroom. “I remember saying, ‘There is no silver bullet.’ But a lot of teams saw it as a silver bullet. It’s not,” she said.

It was merely the first time anyone had assembled and presented all the TEKS into a manageable framework, she said.

The flaw, she believes, is with the vast number of state standards that teachers must cover. “CSCOPE was the first curriculum to put it in your face,” she said.

It left no time for reteaching or working with the slower student. A school’s own intervention program must be strong to address that, she said.

“I still use it to guide my lesson,” said Jamie Smith, a fifth-grade English Language Arts teacher in Burkburnett. “I may change the activity.”

“I always felt free to supplement,” said Leslie Coble, who teaches algebra I and II and a math TAKS class. “Now we have the official go-ahead.” 

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Date posted: January 20, 2013

Women On The Wall Radio ~ WBTM Guest Lisa Benson

Women On the Wall Radio with hosts Rebecca Forest and Alice Linahan has a mission to Seek the TruthShare the Truth and Stand For The Truth. Tomorrow we take on the issues that matter to the safety and security of our children and we don’t hold back!! 

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We are the daughters and granddaughters of the women of America’s GREATEST generation.  They answered the call to save America and the world from Hitler’s horrific plan for humanity. Once again, America was awakened.  Since 9/11, our nation’s women have been vigilantly standing watch, calling attention to the dangers facing our children and our homeland.

CSCOPE, Dan Patrick, Women On The Wall and the 2nd Amendment. Tomorrow morning we will have Donna Garner on the show to take on the issue of CSCOPE ~ What it means for Texas Children, Who is behind it and why it must be stopped. 

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Breaking News~ 

The Texas State Board of Education meets this coming Wednesday. At that time, two crucial people will be chosen for the three-member Executive Committee. Those three people determine the agendas and which members become committee chairs.  Barbara Cargill is the chair of the SBOE and of the Executive Committee, but there are only three on the Executive Committee. If Thomas Ratliff, who is on the Board illegally, is chosen as the Vice Chair and one more left leaner is chosen as the Secretary, then Texas Children and their future is at great risk. 

  

CSCOPE ~ Sen. Dan Patrick~ WomenOnTheWall.org and the 2nd Amendment

We are excited to announce our friend and colleague Lisa Benson will do a weekly National Security briefing on the WOW radio show. Lisa is a National Security Hawk and Mom who understands the threats we face. 

Tomorrow Lisa’s segment is titled :  “Houston, We Have A Problem.” 

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Don’t Miss the Honorable Bill Zedler tonight on WBTM Radio

Date posted: January 18, 2013

Don’t miss it! 

Chaos Radio  will be on tonight at 7PM with Special Guest

The Honorable Bill Zedler Texas State Rep. District 96.

  

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Other topics: Where’s the gold? Cops and Robbers, Rand Paul,Using children

for propaganda, selective enforcement, mileage tax, 1.5 billion to the muslim brotherhood

and we can’t spend money to protect our children, who authorized that? Notre Shame?

enough already and who cares.

 

Note: Butch did some research on video games and he’s going to

reveal in the 8 o’clock hr what he told Chief Billy Wayborn (DWG Police Dept.)

and Bill Zedler earlier today. It’s jaw dropping!

 

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Texans on the Ground in Virginia Beach~ #FreedomTrailer and WBTM Radio are covering it!

Date posted: October 7, 2012

Texans have been on the ground knocking on doors in the critical swing state of VA with the Volunteers For Virginia project. Below is a report from Ray Myers Kaufman County Tea Party leader. 

We will wrap up in Virginia Beach today.
Church this morning –followed by a Sign Wave for Mitt Romney–This activity will be the Virginia/Texas Face book and Social Media blast pushed by Alice Linahan. We have been taking pics and some have been tweeting them to Alice. I will get my pics to her today. Check out photos click “Like” and then “Share”#FreedomTrailer Reports from Virginia Beach~ Signwave Sunday

Look for this activity from VA today in the afternoon. should be on face book and in a email blast.—Texans, as you might well expect–has made an impact.
Yesterday — Our teams knocked on several hundred doors in various areas. Our response, (four of us on our team) hit near two hundred homes and individuals on the street. It was a good day for Mitt– we report about 75% pro Mitt. The additional were Hard D’s and undecided.–This is good news– however the Dem’s are very hardcore. They have no objectivity. We tried to be respectful and question with some substance- Usually no good response from them. We plan to block-walk again this afternoon and then wrap up with a final session at the Sleep Inn this evening.
Other teams had similar responses with similar results– over all the percentages were about 65% for Mitt and 35% either undecided or Hard Dem’s.
The Virginia host have been great. Most are bunked in host homes within a 35 mi radius from the Strike Zone. We have been properly fed and bunked. The Southern hospitality is alive and well.. These folks are organized and very punctual.

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