CSCOPE: The Truth Revealed for All To See

Aug 22, 2013 by

CSCOPE-ORCSCAM-186x137by Donna Garner

8.21.13

 

 

To save time in today’s article, I will not repeat what I wrote in yesterday’s article — 8.20.13 – “Proof CSCOPE Is Not Needed: Valuable Links” — http://educationviews.org/proof-that-cscope-is-not-needed-valuable-links/

 

By making several mistakes yesterday, I have learned from them and should be better able to produce more accurate data today.

 

Today I have gone to the TEA website where the 2013 Accountability Ratings are posted, and I chose to look at a few of the school districts in which some of the most vociferous supporters of CSCOPE work.  Some of these educators even went so far as to intimidate and vilify the moms, pops, grandparents, and concerned citizens who have rightly been concerned about CSCOPE.

 

My question to everyone is this:  “If these educators (mainly administrators)  believe in CSCOPE so much and are willing to spend in one year (2013) more than $15,000,000 of our taxpayers’ dollars to purchase CSCOPE, where is the proof that their students are excelling academically on the STAAR/End-of-Course tests?”

 

From what I have found in the 2013 Accountability Ratings, the data to support CSCOPE is not there!

 

EXPLANATION OF DISTINCTIONS COLUMNS

 

The three Distinctions columns are indicative of superior performance because they are based upon objective data that rates academic achievement (the primary goal of the public schools.)  The campuses/districts are only compared with their same like-characteristic group of 40.

 

The first column under Distinctions means outstanding academic achievement in English/Language Arts/Reading.

 

The second column means outstanding academic achievement in Math.

 

The third column means the campus/district was in the Top 25% of schools among the 40 like-comparison group of campuses.

 

 

To gather my data, I used the following link on the TEA website because it contains a composite screen of all of the campuses/districts in Texas along with their 2013 ratings:  http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2013/statelist.pdf

 

 

As you look over this data, please ask yourself, “Are our taxpayers’ dollars being well spent on CSCOPE?”  This quantitative data from the 2013 Accountability Ratings proves that CSCOPE is not aligned with the SBOE-adopted curriculum standards (TEKS) nor is CSCOPE aligned with the STAAR/End-of-Course Tests built upon those TEKS.  By law, Texas school administrators are charged with teaching every student the TEKS and preparing them for the STAAR/EOC’s.

 

 

2013 ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS

 

 

NAME OF CSCOPE DISTRICT AND CAMPUS

DISTINCTION IN READING/ELA

DISTINCTION IN MATH

TOP 25%

       
ARANSAS CO. ISD      
Rockport-Fulton HS NO NO NO
Rockport-Fulton Middle NO NO NO
Fulton 4-5 Learning Center NO YES YES
Live Oak 1-3 Learning Center NO NO NO
       
BRAZOSPORT ISD      
Brazosport HS (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Brazoswood HS YES NO NO
Clute Int (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Freeport Int NO NO NO
Lake Jackson Int NO NO YES
SF Austin EL (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
P. Beutel El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
O. A. Fleming El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Jane Long El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Elizabet Ney EL NO NO NO
T. W. Og El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
O. M. Roberts El YES NO NO
Velasco El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Bess Brannen EL NO NO NO
Gladys Polk El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Griffith El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Rasco Middle NO NO NO
O’Hara Lanier Middle (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
       
BURKBURNETT ISD      
Burkburnett HS NO YES NO
Burkburnett Middle NO NO NO
John G. Hardin El NO NO NO
John G. Tower El NO NO NO
C. Evans El NO NO NO
       
DECATUR ISD      
Decatur HS NO NO NO
McCarroll Middle NO NO NO
Rann El NO NO NO
Carson El NO NO YES
Young El NO NO YES
       

 

 

 

 

NAME OF CSCOPE DISTRICT AND CAMPUS

DISTINCTION IN READING/ELA

DISTINCTION IN MATH

TOP 25%

ECTOR CO. ISD      
       
The only school out of 38 campuses that received a Distinction was at El Magnet at Reagan El – Math; 21 campuses received IMPROVEMENT REQUIRED.      
       
HAYS CISD      
Out of 20 campuses, only 3 received Distinctions in Reading/ELA; and only 3 received Distinctions in Top 20%.      
       
HUTTO ISD      
Hutto HS NO NO NO
Hutto Middle NO NO NO
Farley Middle YES NO NO
Hutto El NO NO NO
Cottonwood Creek El NO NO NO
Ray El YES NO YES
Nadine Johnson El YES YES YES
       
LLANO ISD      
Llano HS YES YES NO
Llano JH YES YES YES
Llano El YES YES NO
Packsaddle El NO YES NO
       
LULING ISD (Impr. Required)      
Luling HS NO NO NO
Luling JH NO NO NO
Luling El NO NO NO
       
LUMBERTON ISD      
Lumberton HS NO NO NO
Lumberton Middle NO NO NO
Lumberton Primary NO NO NO
Lumberton Int NO NO NO
       
MARLIN ISD (Imp. Required)      
Marlin HS NO NO YES
Marlin Middle (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
Marlin El (Imp. Required) NO NO NO
       
WICHITA FALLS ISD – In some 29 campuses, only 10 received Distinctions in Reading/ELA,  5 received Distinctions in Math, and 5 received Distinctions in Top 25%.      

 

[Personal:  I have cataracts on both eyes and because I cannot afford the printer paper and ink that it would take to run off all of the Texas Education Agency’s 2013 Accountability Ratings pages, I am forced to pull the data from the online screen.  When you see the online data and how difficult it is to read there, you will understand my problem.  If I have made any mistakes, I apologize beforehand.  Please take the time to verify the data for yourself.]

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

 

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