Odessa charter school confirms STAAR testing irregularities, personnel action taken

Odessa charter school confirms STAAR testing irregularities, personnel action taken

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Compass Academy in Odessa confirmed there were STAAR test irregularities reported to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), school personnel involved were let go because of the wrong-doing.

Superintendent, Ann Moore said a meeting was held Thursday night to give parents a chance to ask questions in order to have a peace of mind.

"First and foremost, I'm going to take care of kids and I'm going to take care of the teachers," said Moore.

Parents were eager for answers. During the meeting parents asked why weren't they notified about the test irregularities sooner, they want more communication and to get closure regarding the personnel that were dismissed and if there was something more scandalous going on.

Moore said the message was clear and now she knows what parents want from her.

"To me, it sounds like communication. We need to do a better job of that and getting messages out to parents and making sure we are. I thought we were but it's definitely something we can improve on and it's something we'll be working on," said Moore.

The school now knows the extent of the concerns by TEA and they have taken the proper steps to preserve the integrity of the district, while still ensuring a safe, secure and educational environment for the students, according to Moore. Many took to social media to voice their concerns and their own theories as to what they thought really happened.

Moore said it only added fuel to the fire.

"I think it stirred up a lot of the parents but that wasn't why we had the meeting. We wanted to squelch some of the feelings people were having," said Moore.

The investigation between the district and TEA is ongoing.

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