TEA Hands a Few A's and F's to Ector County

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - They got quite a few A's but they also had a few F's. The Ector County School District released their Texas Education Association ratings on Thursday. Now the schools are working on a game plan to improve their student success.

For the first time in the district's history four schools earned an exemplary status from the TEA: Blackshear, Ireland, Jordan, and Reagan took home the highest honor. District and school leaders met to discuss the results and while there's certainly a reason to celebrate - the TEA found a few problem areas. Five schools are ranked as academically unacceptable. Odessa and Permian High schools along with Hood, Crockett, and Bonham Junior High schools have low marks.

The TEA says it's because of science and the high number of economically disadvantaged students - many of whom drop out. The superintendent tells NewsWest 9, they're working on a plan to change that.

"Who of us wants to show failure?" Superintendent Hector Mendez, said. "None of us want to show failure. We missed it. We can't make excuses for it, it is what it is. So the question is, how are we going to address that so that we are not in this same position next year?"

Ector County ISD plans to focus on the students with the greatest financial needs even bringing in social workers. They're also taking a harder look at the curriculum working closely with principals and staff members. The superintendent says they're going to put millions of dollars in stimulus money toward student achievement.