E.C.I.S.D. Braces for Higher Standards on TAKS

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Higher Standards in place for the 2008 TAKS test could make all E.C.I.S.D's secondary campuses dive head first into academically unacceptable ratings.

"Math went from forty-five percent to fifty percent, now in the Spring our kids have to pass the fifty percent threshold," said Alma Gurrero, Assistant Superintendent, who explains how many subjects on the TAKS are now five percent harder to pass.

"When you look at that, our secondary campuses; the alternative center, our six junior high schools and the two high schools could come back unacceptable given the five point gain, we have to make in the spring," said Gurrero.

The district has formed, technical assistant teams, each school has an Instructional Campus Coach, and they're hiring tutors to make sure that doesn't happen.

"Currently we're trying to assist all campuses, in those areas that they are coming up short, to ensure we get them over the mark," said Gurrero.