State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill has appointed an ad hoc committee of SBOE members to review CSCOPE content, the Texas Education Agency announced March 11, 2013. While the system’s lesson plans, like all lesson plans, are not under the authority of the SBOE, TEA reports that legislative leaders have asked the SBOE to review CSCOPE content due to growing public concern about the curriculum management system.

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 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,” Cargill said. “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.”

The ad hoc committee will include SBOE members Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo; Mavis Knight, D-Dallas; Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth; and Tom Maynard, R-Florence. Cargill 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 2013. All meetings will be posted as open to the public.

TCTA's recent testimony on CSCOPE

TCTA’s Holly Eaton was invited to testify at a Jan. 31, 2013, hearing of the Senate Education Committee about teachers’ concerns with the CSCOPE curriculum management system. Eaton told the committee that the number of complaints TCTA receives on CSCOPE has increased as more districts have adopted it. Read more about TCTA's testimony.

TCTA has initiated legislation this session (HB 2820 by Allen / SB 1474 by Duncan) that would require districts to provide for significant employee review and input, and provide employees and the community with information regarding costs and any alternatives considered, before purchasing a major curriculum initiative such as CSCOPE.