Conservative bloggers trying to scuttle the state's school curriculum posted online some of the sample tests that many Texas teachers use to ensure their lesson plans meet state standards.
Ten tests with answers from the controversial curriculum system, previously called CSCOPE, were published by redhotconservative.com September 4th. A different conservative site called voicesempower.com published 20 more September 6th. On one website the blogger claims that the CSCOPE lesson plans and assessment resources promote anti-American and anti-Christian values.
CSCOPE is a curriculum management system that helps to ensure school districts' lesson plans are consistent with state-mandated standards. CSCOPE was developed in 2006 and is now known as the TEKS Resource System.
Lubbock-Cooper ISD administrators said the illicit publishing of the tests is going to cost the state.
"It is a financial burden," Macy Satterwhite, Assistant Superintendent of Lubbock-Cooper ISD, said. "And it's not only money, but it's also time. It takes quite a bit of time to develop good, accurate measures of student progress. That's why we have resources that we use to get test questions from."
More than 800 school districts, serving roughly 35 percent of the state's students, use the TEKS Resource System. A spokesman for the state's system of Education Service Centers says rewriting as many as 700 of the tests could cost up to $1 million.