New After-School Program Helps Students Get Back On Track 1/14/14
CBS 7 News
January 14, 2014
School doesn't end when the final bell rings for students in one West Texas school district.
What started as a small after-school program to help a few struggling students pass their state exams has blossomed into a regular and effective study tool.
Back in October, Coahoma High School Senior Devon Maddox was having trouble passing the TAKS test, no matter what she did to prepare.
"I wasn't able to get what I needed in class," says Maddox.
But she was not alone in her struggles. Many students have difficulty with standardized testing.
The district decided to start a new after-school program called CSI: Coahoma Success Initiative.
CSI coordinator Varsha Sukhtankar says that one of the big issues was that homework was not being completed.
"A whole lot of parents are busy with their work so they don't have time to help these kids for homework," says Sukhtankar.
The library stays open for two extra hours and allows for students to get additional help from teachers.
"I would sit there and try my best and then if I couldn't understand it... I would ask for help," says freshman Jasmine Cabellos.
"If you catch these problems beforehand you don't have to wait until the last six weeks," says Sukhtankar.
Since the program took off in October, many students have seen dramatic results from the extra tutorials and group study-time.
"I didnít pass before that. I had failed and so we redid it and I got into and came to the program everyday every time they had it. Took it again and then I passed," says Maddox.
Because of the success Coahoma ISD has had with CSI, it is now being offered to 8th graders as well.