Emails, Lauren Callahan, media relations and social media manager, Texas Education Agency, Jan. 20, 2017 and July 2 and 13, 2018

4:34 p.m.

[PolitiFact Texas] Also, I am interested if any measure was offered or passed into law in 2015 to bar “common core” from Texas and end CSCOPE.

 

[REPLY]: Again, we are not aware of any bills introduced during the 84th Legislative Session addressing common core or ending CSCOPE (the use of which is a local decision.) However, TEC Section 28.002 already prohibits the SBOE from adopting common core and districts from using common core standards to comply with curriculum standards – thanks to HB 462, which was passed during the 83rd Legislative Session.

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)

Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 4:43 PM

 

Lauren:

 

Good afternoon. In early 2017, I asked you if any measure was offered or passed into law in 2015 to bar “common core” from Texas and end CSCOPE.

 

You replied that TEA wasn’t aware of any bills introduced during the 84th Legislative Session addressing common core or ending CSCOPE (the use of which is a local decision, you noted.) However, you said, TEC Section 28.002 already prohibits the SBOE from adopting common core and districts from using common core standards to comply with curriculum standards – thanks to HB 462, which was passed during the 83rd Legislative Session.

 

I am following up now to ask if any action took place since the 2015 session to hasten or slow common core or CSCOPE in Texas?

 

Also, Gov. Abbott after the 2015 session vetoed an estimated $193,000 annual membership to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) , which was interpreted by some observers as consistent with an anti-Common Core stance. He reportedly objected to the Lone Star state’s involvement because the 16-state consortium supports the Common Core curriculum effort.

Is the state currently a member of the board? If so, when did this resume and how? Anything else to consider on this front?

We have previously noticed a TEA web page stating that CSCOPE was renamed the TEKS Resource System in August 2013. Is that resource system still in place? How would you describe its use by schools in Texas?

I am hoping to complete our fresh look at this topic Wednesday. As ever, we rely on attributable on-the-record information for our stories.

 

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Austin American-Statesman

PolitiFact Texas

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 10:13 AM

 

Lauren:

 

Good morning.

 

Thomas Ratliff, the former SBOE member, says the TEA’s Project Share, noted in this 2014 press release, might provide the services that CSCOPE had offered districts. Make sense?

 

g.

4:40 p.m.

July 2, 2018

Has there been any action since the 2015 session to hasten or slow common core or CSCOPE in Texas?

 

No action was needed during or since the 2015 session, as the Legislature addressed these issues with several bills during the 83rd Legislative Session – specifically:

 

 

Is the state currently a member of the Southern Regional Education Board? If so, when did this resume and how? Anything else to consider on this front?

 

As you note, Gov. Abbott did veto funding for annual membership to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) after the 2015 session. As a result, Texas is not a paying member of the SREB. However, Texas remains a member of the board. By default, the SREB board includes the governor and four gubernatorial appointees from each member state, including at least one state legislator and one educator. Texas current appointees include: Commissioner Morath, Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes; Sen. Larry Taylor; and San Antonio ISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

 

We have previously noticed a TEA web page stating that CSCOPE was renamed the TEKS Resource System in August 2013. Is that resource system still in place? How would you describe its use by schools in Texas?

 

CSCOPE no longer exists. The TEKS Resource System (TRS) is an online curriculum management system based on the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Each individual district or charter decides whether they want to utilize TRS and how it is to be implemented in their schools. Notably, CSCOPE was designed to include specific lesson plans for educators to use. The TRS is not involved in the development of and does not come with any lessons.

 

Thomas Ratliff, the former SBOE member, says the TEA’s Project Share might provide the services that CSCOPE had offered districts.

 

Once again, CSCOPE no longer exists. Texas Gateway (formerly known as Project Share) is an online resource library that offers Texas educators and parents free resources, including videos, interactives, formative assessments, and professional development courses, to strengthen classroom instruction. No CSCOPE materials are housed within the Texas Gateway (formerly Project Share).

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)

Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2018 4:39 PM

 

Lauren:

 

Are any state-level Texas standards identical or similar to the “common core” standards? What’s the agency’s analysis? When were the Teas standards most recently updated?

 

Thanks.

 

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4:53 p.m.

July 13, 2018

TEA does not complete an analysis or comparison between common core and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) because we update our standards independent of common core. That said, it is reasonable to expect that there would be some amount of overlap given that students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the same types of knowledge and skills regardless of what standards are being used. For example, students are expected to be able to add and subtract and know that 2+2=4 regardless of the standards that are being used.

 

The State Board of Education annually reviews TEKS standards – they rotate their review by subject area. Here is their most recent TEKS review/revision and Instructional Materials adoption calendar: https://tea.texas.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=51539615771

 

Let me know if you need anything else.

 

LC