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Midland ISD Facing ESL, Bilingual Challenges

Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - "Accredited Warned" is the new official label for Midland Independent School District, because, for nearly a decade, their ESL students haven't performed as well on standardized tests.

In Doctor Ryder Warren's monthly newsletter, he addressed this issue. He said that over the next year, the district will be monitored by a Texas Education Agency consultant.

The Midland ISD Superintendent also writes that a lot of the community members aren't aware that the state requires school districts to have a bilingual or an ESL program, to make sure all students understand English.

Warren said the only person to blame for this is himself, writing: "As superintendent of schools for MISD, it is my responsibility to assure that all academic and instructional programs are supported, are staffed, and are organized in a manner that will assure success, and I have not done enough with this specific program." 

For the 2013-2014 school year, Dr. Warren wrote the bilingual/ESL program will not be the same. 

He detailed plans to target specific elementary campuses where ESL students will be taught, placing the students with more experienced bilingual teachers and principals. Also, Coleman High School will expand their services to ESL students.

Warren says he presented a detailed report to the MISD Board of Trustees.
Parents will also be getting letters at home in the coming weeks, explaining the change in the district's accreditation status.

Warren also said he will meet with all bilingual teachers next week, then the district will hold a series of parent meetings, focusing on the ESL program transformation. 
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