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Reconnecting to cscope

Reconnecting to CSCOPE

Ft. HancockISD

Welcoming comments

Welcoming Comments

  • Content of Folder

  • Norms and Goals

    • Celfoniasquieti

    • Relaxiofrequenti

    • Longuslunchus

    • Distractosminimus

    • Attitudiospositivus

    • Practiciusaplenti

    • Expertusbecomus

    • Me thinkus CSCOPUS Fantasticus!

What is cscope

What is CSCOPE?

  • True or False?

    • CSCOPE is a big company. The guy who owns it has a mansion on the hill in Austin.

      • FALSE

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What is CSCOPE?

  • CSCOPE is a HUGE moneymaking operation.

    • FALSE

  • CSCOPE is only about the TAKS test!

    • FALSE

  • The documents are written by a couple of people with strong opinions. BIASED!

    • FALSE

  • CSCOPE is going to make my life harder. It’s just the latest new thing to come along.

    • FALSE!

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What is CSCOPE?

  • True or False?

    • CSCOPE is a big company. The guy who owns it has a mansion on the hill in Austin.

      • FALSE

    • Everything is written by people who aren’t even in the classroom. What do they know?

      • FALSE

    • CSCOPE is textbook-driven.

      • FALSE

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Our kids NEVER come to us with gaps in their learning?

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First Grade




Second Grade Standards

Third Grade Standards

Second Grade Standards

Fourth Grade Standards

Fifth Grade Standards




Will our kids be college ready?

Facts about the teks

Facts about the TEKS

  • The TEKS are a framework for curriculum development. They were NEVER intended to be the curriculum.

  • TEKS do have including and such as statements.

  • 7.4B Use preventative safety equipment,

    including chemical splash goggles,

    aprons, and gloves and be prepared

    to use emergency safety equipment,

    including an eye/face wash, a fire

    blanket, and a fire extinguisher.

  • 6.3C   Identify advantages and limitations of models such as size, scale, properties, and materials.

Facts about the teks1

Facts about the TEKS

  • Many have nothing at all as far as specificity!

    **Example—Science 5.6D

  • TEKS and SE’s are different.

    • 5.6 is one of the TEKS.

    • 5.6D is an SE which fall below the TEKS.

      5.6Force, motion and energy. The

      student knows that energy occurs in

      many forms and can be observed in

      cycles, patterns, and systems. The

      student is expected to:

      5.6DDesign an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.

5 th grade science 2010 38 student expectations

5th Grade Science (2010) 38 Student Expectations

3 rd grade ela 2009 105 student expectations

3rd Grade ELA (2009) 105 Student Expectations

7 th grade math 34 student expectations

7th Grade Math34 Student Expectations

*Unique Examples

8 th grade ela 2009 105 student expectations

8th Grade ELA (2009) 105 Student Expectations

High school world history 80 student expectations

High School World History 80Student Expectations

Teks revisions

TEKS Revisions

  • Purpose: To add clarity and specificity.

  • ELA taught this year. Tested 2010/2011.

  • Science taught 2010-2011. Tested 2011-2012.

  • Social Studies taught 2011-2012. Tested 2012-2013.

  • Math TEKS will be revised in 2012-2013.

  • Although becoming clearer, it’s still NOT enough!

  • CSCOPE has created “Specificities” to help you.

  • Word of the day?


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So what does CSCOPE

have to offer?

Cscope curriculum resources

CSCOPE Curriculum Resources

  • CSCOPE covers the 4 core subjects K-12:

    • ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science.

    • Teachers have access to all four K-12 tools regardless of assignment.

  • CSCOPE has 5 main documents:

    • Vertical Alignment Document (VAD)

    • Year at-a-Glance (YAG)

    • Instructional Focus Document (IFD)

    • Unit Assessments

    • Exemplar Lessons

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Vertical Alignment

Document (VAD)

Standards 12-K in

the Core Content Areas

Creation of the vad vertical alignment document

Creation of the VAD(Vertical Alignment Document)

  • Adding Clarity and Specificity to the TEKS through the use of released TAKS tests, TAKS information booklets, TEA produced study guides, Dana Center materials, etc.

  • Alignment of TEKS from a 12-K perspective

    • Begin with the end in mind!

Vertical alignment document vad

Vertical Alignment Document(VAD)

  • The “What” of Teaching

  • Visually represents students’ learning for their entire academic career

  • Provides specificity

  • Supports a vertical continuum

  • Identifies tested standards

  • Reflects most current information

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Year at a Glance:

TEKS bundled into


units of study

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14 days

10 days

6 days

Year at a glance yag

Year At A Glance(YAG)

“Scope and Sequence”

Topics, order, and suggested timing.

Flex time.

Tested taught prior to TAKS.

Coherent units of study.

Print and highlight tested TEKS.

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Lay the VAD and the YAG side by side…

Whole Year

Academic Career

How do you envision the year at a glance supporting your instruction

How do you envision the Year at a Glance supporting your instruction?

The Year at a Glance will support my instruction by…

Provides a suggested timeline to ensure that each standard is taught within a school year

Addresses all testable TEKS prior to TAKS administration

Sequences instruction so students spend more time on the important standards for each grade level

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Instructional Focus

Documents (IFD):

Units of Study with

Conceptual Focus

Scavenger hunt

Scavenger Hunt

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Lay the VAD, YAG, the IFD and the Lesson side-by-side…

Academic Career

Whole Year

One unit from YAG

Instructional focus document ifd

Instructional Focus Document(IFD)

  • The “How”

  • Focus for one unit of the year

  • Highlights key components that should be considered when developing instruction

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The Focus

of the


And When

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Written Curriculum

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Unit Assessments:

Aligning the written, tested,

and taught curriculum

Unit assessments

Unit Assessments

  • Aligned to the Instructional Focus Document

  • Grades K-1 performance based

  • Grades 2-12 written assessments

  • Unit assessments

    • multiple choice

    • open-ended

    • griddableitems

    • prompt-based

    • SAT/ACT format

Unit assessments pre planning tool

Unit Assessments(Pre-Planning Tool)

  • Analyze the unit assessment before instruction

  • Read the assessment through the lens of your students

  • Anticipate challenges/obstacles

  • Purposefully plan instruction for this unit with those identified challenges/obstacles in mind

  • Analyze your graded unit assessments to reflect on instruction/intervention strategies

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Lesson Frameworks:

Detailed Daily Lesson Plans

The 5e model

The 5E Model

  • Engage

    • Attention grabbing activities to tap into student’s prior knowledge.

  • Explore

    • Investigative opportunities to discover new learning; constructivist approach to learning

  • Explain

    • Student explains their findings from the exploration portion of the lesson. Teacher formalize the students knowledge of the content.

  • Elaborate

    • Extension; makes connections

  • Evaluate

    • Performance Indicator: Your summative assessment

Exemplar lessons

Exemplar Lessons

  • The “How”

  • Adheres to the content and cognitive expectations of the standards

  • 5E/Balanced Literacy

  • A comprehensive guide to instruction

Does cscope work

Does CSCOPE Work?

New Curriculum Raises

Student Performance

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Lay the VAD, YAG, the IFD and the Lesson side-by-side…

Academic Career

Whole Year

One unit from YAG

One lesson from the unit

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A Model for Continuous Improvement

Vertical Alignment

Document (VAD):

Standards 12-K

In Core Content Areas:

Aligned and Specific




Daily Lesson Plans:

Detailed Daily Lesson Plans


TEKS Bundled into

Coherent Units of Study

Instructional Focus

Documents (IFD):

Units of Study with

Conceptual Focus



Please contact me with questions as they arise.

Areli Meza

(915) 780-5040

Contact CSCOPE ESC 19 Director:

You can also leave a sticky note with your question(s) at the “Parking Lot” and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Thank you for attending…have a restful and safe summer.

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