Advocate editorial board opinion: Over time, CScope will be beneficial to students, teachers
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 2, 2010 at 6:02 a.m.
Consistency in what students learn is what CScope is designed to accomplish. It's a standardized curriculum guide that will allow students who transfer from one campus to another to not get behind or ahead in their various classes because the teachers will be teaching the same curriculum at the same time.
Now, the Victoria school district joins other districts in the area - Cuero, Goliad, Refugio and Edna - in adopting the curriculum guide. Districts statewide using CScope number 800.
We think the goal of CScope is a good one - to eliminate gaps in learning. But we also think that with anything new, quirks are encountered and tweaks are necessary. CScope probably will need to be streamlined so it will work the best it can.
Many teachers will embrace CScope because it supplies all the needs for the courses - this is a big plus, especially for new teachers.
We understand that the curriculum assumes students are prepared when they take courses, whether it is an English course or a math course, but that is not always the case.
We also understand that the CScope curriculum does not always correlate to a textbook, which results in test questions from the textbooks never being covered in the curriculum or vice versa.
We also understand that the standardized curriculum calls for meeting benchmarks, which may not always be attainable.
And many teachers will have to explore their subjects in different ways to teach the courses.
But we also think that great teachers can overcome the hurdles in this standardized curriculum and apply their teaching style to it.
Great teachers will always come through, and in this case, standardized curriculum will result in great students.
Also, with the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam next year, students will be better prepared for a tougher assessment exam.
We think CScope promises to be an excellent standardized curriculum guide.
And over time, we also think it will be improved.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.