Classroom tests used in hundreds of Texas school districts were compromised when conservative activists posted them online this week and the exams will need to be rewritten, a Texas education official said Friday.
The 30 assessments that have been published on two conservative websites are part of a curriculum system, formerly known as CSCOPE, that activists say is flawed and biased against Christians, America and capitalism. The first 10 tests were posted Wednesday by redhotconservative.com, while a second website, voicesempower.com, added a second batch Friday.
“It’s unfortunate that some individuals believe that this is something they need to do. It’s hurting teachers, and it’s hurting kids,” said Mason Moses, a spokesman for the state-funded Education Service Centers that developed CSCOPE, now known as the TEKS Resource System.
Of the 700 total assessments, all those slated for use after the sixth week of school will be pulled down and changed to ensure their integrity, Moses said. It could cost up to $1 million if a rewrite of all the assessments is needed, he added.
“We’re going into this with the assumption that we have to start from scratch,” Moses said.
The curriculum system is used by 875 mostly small or midsized school districts. It was developed in 2006 as a cost-effective way to provide districts with curriculum materials, including lessons and tests, that were aligned with state standards.
The lessons no longer are offered by the Education Service Centers, which hold the copyright on the tests that have been posted and the other materials.