MISD unfazed by CSCOPE ruling


Mexia Independent School District Secretary Phyllis Connell, left, leads newly re-elected school board members Culetta Beachum, center, and Cheryl Cockrell in swearing their oaths of office at Monday’s school board meeting. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
A recent state-level decision to rid Texas of lesson plans that come with a curriculum system used by 78 percent of Texas school districts – including Mexia ISD – will have little or no effect on operations here.
On Monday, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, announced the CSCOPE curriculum management system will no longer provide lesson plans for 877 public school districts currently using them.
School superintendents who testified in a recent Senate Education Committee hearing said the system is widely used because it is flexible and affordable.
Mexia ISD began using the management system in the 2010-11 school year. Donna Savage, MISD director of curriculum and instruction said she will attend a meeting Tuesday to learn more about the decision on CSCOPE’s lessons.
“My understanding is at this point, the state of Texas is not able to use the lessons,” she said. “However, it was not mandatory that our teachers use those lessons anyway. If they chose to, they could. If a lesson fit well, they could use it, but it was never a requirement at Mexia ISD.”
She said the lessons are only one part of the services provided by CSCOPE.
“You’ll have scope and sequence that is left, your instructional focus documents, your assessment parts,” she said. Scope and sequence consist of what must be taught at what grade level in each subject as mandated by the Texas Education Agency, she said.

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