SEN. DAN PATRICK: CSCOPE AND STATE BD. OF ED. REVIEW
From Texas Senator Dan Patrick
CSCOPE and STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
March 12, 2013
Concerns have been raised by parents and educators about the CSCOPE curriculum management system. CSCOPE was created by 19 regional education service centers and is now used by more than 800 public school districts and private schools in Texas. The system’s lesson plans, like all lesson plans, are not under the authority of the State Board of Education (SBOE). However, in response to growing public concern, legislative leaders have asked the SBOE to review CSCOPE content.
As a result, SBOE Chair Barbara Cargill has appointed an ad hoc committee to include SBOE members Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo; Mavis Knight, D-Dallas; Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth; and Tom Maynard, R-Florence. She has also named three members of the CSCOPE governing board to the committee: John Bass, Region 16 in Amarillo, Clyde Steelman, Region 11 in Fort Worth and Elizabeth Abernethy, Region 7 in Kilgore. Marty Rowley will chair the committee. The first organizational meeting will occur in late March. All meetings will be posted as open to the public.
The chair’s ad hoc committee will appoint review panels to examine the CSCOPE instructional content, beginning with social studies. A public process will solicit nominations for the review panels which will be composed of parents, educators, curriculum specialists, business professionals and other stakeholders.
Results of the review will be given to the CSCOPE governing board for its consideration. As the review is voluntarily and non-binding, it will be up to the CSCOPE governing board to decide whether to take any actions based on the results.
“I believe this process will be of great benefit to everyone involved, especially the students, parents, teachers and citizens of Texas,” said SBOE Chair Cargill. “I thank concerned citizens for bringing this issue to light. All instructional materials must be easily accessible to parents, not only to reinforce learning at home but also to assure that quality, error-free content is taught in our classrooms.”