CSCOPE has been rebranded as the TEKS Resource System and Graham ISD is continuing to use the curriculum management system.
At Wednesday’s regular school board meeting, administrators presented the system along with a list of all curriculum resources, including every currently adopted textbook and every additional resource to the trustees, for future approval.
With the new legislation in SB 1474, protocols must be followed before a school district can adopt a curriculum initiative. Included in the process is teacher input and an opportunity for district employees to express opinions regarding the initiative. Also included is a presentation about the initiative allowing for public feedback at a school board meeting.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Ashley Stewart said Wednesday’s school board meeting would begin the discussion.
Last Spring, CSCOPE came under fire in Graham and across the state. After making its sample lessons public, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, or TESCCC, chose to discontinue the creation of further sample plans.
Those plans were recently released into the public domain, and Stewart said the district has closely monitored the situation and discussed it with legal consul. According to information GISD administrators have received, because the lessons are in the public domain, teachers are free to use them. Stewart said the lessons are available in their entirety at the Texas Tribune website, www.texastribune.org/interactive/search-cscope-lesson-plans/.
To read the complete story, see the Sept. 15 edition of The Graham Leader.