While we only requested public records from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) related to the APUSH course, they used search procedures which occasionally generated documents pertaining to other NCVPS courses. One such document related to the NCVPS Calculus course includes the following exchange on November 6, 2015:
Darlene Schafer: “I am working on a list of viable resources and I will share soon. In the meantime, identify content we know we are not authorized to use as they are a breach of copyright. We can then replace with new resources as they come.”
Robin Ward-Dassler: “Thanks this has concerned us from the start. We knew copying pages= bad.”
Another public record we received relates to the NCVPS American History I course. On November 2, 2015, the teachers discover (via parent complaints rather than their own review) that a presentation on Texas independence neglects to inform students that Texans fought for and achieved independence from Mexico prior to becoming a part of the United States. In an email exchange of the topic, one teacher includes a screenshot of one slide from the presentation in question. It includes the following text:
“In 1843 the United States became alarmed over the policy of Great Britain toward Texas. The British were opposed to annexation and even contemplated the use of force to prevent it. They did not wish to add Texas to the British Empire, but they did want to prevent the westward expansion of the United States, to reap commercial advantages from Texas trade, and to tamper with the American tariff system and the institution of slavery.”
Unfortunately, the exact same text can be found on the website of the Texas State Historical Society and others. We were not able to see the slides in the NCVPS presentation before and after this one, but we can easily imagine they copy the preceding and following paragraphs on the Texas website. So, here we have another NCVPS course that fails to include required concepts (Texas fought for independence from Mexico), that is being quality checked by parents rather than teachers, and that contains plagiarized content.
What a coincidence that in the first week of November 2015, NCVPS was dealing with plagiarism issues in at least three different courses. Imagine what someone would find if they actually were looking for misconduct. We wonder if the ever promised and never delivered internal audit will uncover this and more.