MISD Discusses Historically Struggling Bilingual and ESL Programs 12/13/13
CBS 7 News
December 13, 2013
MIDLAND-Earlier this week, the Texas Education Agency held a meeting for MISD parents whose children attend its bilingual and ESL programs.
The TEA continues to keep watch after a history of poor test performance lead to the program's accredited-warned status.
Superintendent Doctor Ryder Warren says many major changes have been put in place over the last two years with the program to set it on a track for success.
"They like what's happening in the classroom, we've reduced the number of classrooms,” Warren said. “Now that we have centered our programs around 9 different campuses, parents really like the changes."
Warren says student test scores for those in bilingual and ESL programs have been below targets for the past decade, but they are slowly rising.
“We’ve been improving test scores every year, we just need to get them up faster,” Warren said.
MISD is working on better communication with parents and students, which he says is challenging given the rise in families who speak languages other than English. Warren notes reaching out to a growing Burmese population is a concern.
“The parents praised the changes that have been made this past school year,” Warren said. “Things we need to work on are communication. We need to come up with a better system to be able to communicate with these parents.”
Warren says a full report from the TEA on the programs will be released sometime in March of next year.