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ESL, Bilingual Programs at Midland ISD Preparing for Texas Education Agency Visit


By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- It's been over a decade long trend for MISD, the bilingual and ESL programs just haven't made the cut when it comes to those standardized tests. But over the past six months, changes have been made to the programs just in time for the Texas Education Agency to visit.

"TEA is going to be looking at specifically what changes have been made, how did that impact instruction in the classroom and hopefully we will see the fruits of those labors in the test scores," Midland ISD Superintendent, Dr. Ryder Warren, said.

There are 26 different languages within MISD. The top two are English and Spanish and then something a little more surprising, Hakka, which originates from Burma.

After a lot of planning and parent meetings at the end of the last school year, the district decided to downsize the amount of campuses that help bilingual students from 13 schools to just nine.

"The reason we did that was so teachers would have a partner teacher to work with so they could help support each other to help the students better. We've struggled for the past 10 years and we just need to turn the ship around and start working on everything especially the academic areas and help these students become successful," Joanna Rowley, Executive Director of Bilingual/ESL education for Midland ISD, said.

The district says this is a big problem that can't be completely fixed all at once but they are confident and hopeful the TEA results will be positive.

"I hope that they see that we have made those specific changes and that we are going in the right direction," Warren said.

"We've already seen a lot of growth in student success just recently over the semester and the past year so I hope to see success," Rowley said.

TEA will be visiting Midland ISD this month but the district says they probably won't receive the results from their visit until the end of this school year.