By Wyatt Goolsby
MIDLAND/ODESSA - The report card is in for Odessa and Midland schools. The federal government released it's yearly progress report Thursday and the results are mixed. The report itself, the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), is similar to how the Texas Education Agency ranks schools. It's based on participation and passing rates for math and reading scores, but it also notes graduation rates for the school districts. In the Midland/Odessa area, some schools met the goals, others did not.
"What we are seeing today, is not a surprise. We saw exactly the same thing last week from TEA, and we're already working on improving what we do," Mike Adkins, with Ector County ISD, said.
The numbers, overall, for Ector County failed to meet the AYP standards. The district said the report does have a bright side: while last year nine campuses missed AYP, this year that number dropped to only four schools. Those campuses are Odessa High, Hood Junior High, Ector Junior High, and Nimitz Junior High.
"We're not satisfied, because we don't want any schools missing AYP, but the fact is we saw a lot of gains," Adkins explained. "We know where the areas of weakness are, things that we have to sure up, just as we did last week. Again it's the same data, so we knew what we were facing, and its just time, in two weeks, we'll roll up our shirt sleeves and go back to work with the kids again."
Specifically, the report catagorizes six subgroups for students, including race as well as several other factors, including economic. Overall, Midland ISD met the AYP standards, but there are three campuses that missed, including Milam and Travis elementaries, and Midland High School. School officials in the Tall City were not available to speak on camera, but they tell NewsWest 9, there are certain areas of math and reading they plan to target this year.
Meanwhile, Ector County officials say they'll continue to offer and expand help in tutoring, a virtual high school, and counseling.
The AYP does rank all school districts. For more details, including a school-by-school breakdown: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ayp/index_multi.html