Common Core Makes a Surprise Appearance in Texas

A mother of a third grader living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Texas messaged us through our Facebook page (be sure to like us).  She wrote:

Look what came home in my 3rd grader’s backpack today to use as summer practice? This is the book they’ve been using all year (unbeknownst to me). It says ‘common core edition’. I specifically asked our ISD in DFW if they used any part of CSCOPE or Common Core and they said no. I have the email to prove it. I was lied to. Am going back to them asking them to explain. I’m very concerned. Even so, my 1st grader had a very hard time with math and I’ve had to re-teacher her basics since she’s not getting it at school. If you look through the book, it’s exactly everything people say the ‘fuzzy math’ is — full of riddles and lengthy word problems. I’m confused myself and it’s 3rd grade math! I can’t believe this was used without any heads up from the district. Common Core is indeed in Texas!

She included a picture…

common-core-student-activity-book

I don’t know if it is the school trying to bring the Common Core in through the back door or if the school district is struggling to find curriculum that isn’t aligning itself with the Common Core.  It is clear that it is starting to show up in Texas even though the state itself has rejected it.

I have to wonder though if the use of the textbook is even legal as I though curriculum used in Texas public schools had to be aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Does this fit the bill?

Update: Here’s a response from this particular school district.  It does seem to be an issue with publishers.

Investigations is a resource we use to teach the Texas standards, not the common core standards. Investigations, does not have a book they individualize for each state, they develop their resource and sell it nation-wide, thus their choice to put common core on the front cover. What we do in LISD is use the aspects of resources that align with our curriculum and our state standards. Investigations was part of our mathematics adoption in the state of Texas several years ago, it accompanied our adoption of the EnVision resource. We look to a variety of resources to help us teach the curriculum, the resources by themselves are not the curriculum. After the mathematics adoption several years ago, the state of Texas revised mathematics standards again. We adopted resources wisely several years ago, with EnVision and Investigations in the original adoption, because there are aspects of both resources that align with our current state standards.

7 thoughts on “Common Core Makes a Surprise Appearance in Texas

  1. A point here that I haven’t seen made anywhere else. Yes, it is going to be hard to find textbooks that aren’t aligned. Let’s face it, there are only a few publishers. Are they going to make a separate entire curriculum aligned to each individual state’s standards? No. That would not be cost effective. David Barton has made the point before that what gets into the standards in Texas gets into the curriculum everywhere else. There is still a sort of de facto national curriculum because of the textbook publisher monopoly. I appreciate Texas fighting this fight (and the other states that do, because I see little hope for Illinois to backtrack since we are so deep into it). I know many do not want to hear this…but really…homeschool! Choose a curriculum that is NOT aligned, that fits with your child’s learning style, his/her interests, your family values/beliefs, etc. A max exodus from the system will make them realize we will not stand for their control in this area. (Of course, be prepared to continue to fight as they will eventually target homeschoolers.)

    1. Actually, it is not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I used two programs that aligned themselves with CCS. As a homeschooling mom I started looking around for other curriculum that were not. There is a vast list of companies that are not aligning themselves with CCS. You just have to do a bit of hunting and poking to find them.

      1. I guess I wasn’t clear. There are plenty of non-aligned homeschool options. I meant that schools in states that decide not to go common core will have a hard time finding classroom curriculum that is not aligned.

  2. Even if they used the older Investigations that is not aligned with Common Core, it’s still bad. Investigations is a bad program no matter how you slice it.

  3. Just for the record, anyone who wishes to find non-aligned curricula can visit this website (www.theeducationalfreedomcoalition.org) and click on the INDEPENDENT link. There’s a large list of curricula providers there that are not aligned with the CCSS that can be purchased by anyone. The list contains secular and religious options as well. 🙂

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