ECISD Superintendent Speaks Out About Low TAKS Scores

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - After ECISD test scores showed an overwhelming decline on Wednesday, the Superintendent held a press conference on Thursday to clear up why.

This year, three Ector County Schools received unacceptable ratings. However, the year before not one school was on that list.

Superintendent Hector Mendez blames the dramatic decline on the state's removal of the Texas Projection Measurement.

The measurement is used to pass students that failed the test but had good grades.

Something the Superintendent says painted an unfair picture of how students were really doing.

"In this case, it wasn't the curriculum. It was a manipulation of the process of measuring," Mendez said.

Mendez says they will be moving onto the STAR tests next year and although it will be a time consuming effort to teach at least now there is a consistent and common framework to work with.