Transient Students: A New Norm In The Permian Basin 9/26/13
September 26, 2013
Monahans - School districts all across West Texas are having to make changes to their teaching style as more transient students step into class. For administrators at the Monahans – Wicket – Pyote School District, the change is exciting, but one that brings a few difficulties. Teachers now have to divert their focus and fill in the educational gaps.
“We have to make sure that they’re taken care of, and then your other kids, you’re like you have to do this so we can get them taken care of,” Said high school English teacher Liza Harris.
Superintendent Kellye Riley says they began seeing the change a year ago, but it wasn’t until the beginning of this school year that the problem really stood out. “In the classroom now we have any level of students that you can imagine.”
Something the Monahans school district hasn’t seen in the past. “This is new for us, what we’re seeing is what we call educational gaps,” said Riley.
Which causes some concern when it comes to those state tests that many already stress over. “I think anybody in region 18 at this point is concerned about their test scores. We are concerned about it, you know we’re concerned about meeting the needs of everybody and sometimes those that are transient have more needs,” said Riley.
To address those needs the district has a few ideas. “It has become a problem, in fact, just yesterday we implemented what we now call Loboe Up,” said high school teacher Lynette Watson. Which is a new program that provides extra tutoring hours to help those that are behind.
Superintendent Riley also says the district has added teacher aides in some of the classrooms to help these transient students as well as help keep the teachers focused on every student.
Here's a link to a study about transient students and teachers.