• All kids are at risk. What you or I perceive is a norm is usually a struggle goal to achieve by most kids that live in the don'ts/won'ts/can'ts.

    The game plan always changes on testing but the leader is aware of this 1-2 years ahead. Its thier role to educate the staff then get them to instruct kids to follow the program.

    Back to the at risk kid. Not every one is a Math g/t wizard. Those kids that intracranial advanced cant figure out west from east. What I am saying is give these don't kids inclusion. You will be amazed what they can do if they are not down graded or given a chance to retest like other kids. Yes it happens, by staff.

    We cant blame clothing, new buildings, cafe food. But we can improve on diversity, inclusion and recognition. The staff that have issues with this are the ones who took a crash course on education careers or are coaches with a chip on thier shoulder. They didnt know the eco-social issues out there.

    Going back to that math g/t wizard student. They can ace a test but they cant build a birdhouse using numbers or make a cake. So bring back the shop/mechanic class. Make the class obtainable. Dont bury it with restrictions and out of the way so its useless to even offer it.

    Those same don't hs kids have siblings. They get to school. They pass it seems. They have the same parents. Educated advisors and lay people can't see this or won't? I can. Why is it the high school's don't kids only with this issue? imo

    July 30, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.
  • The wait is over...

    The statutory criteria for at-risk status include each student who is under 21 years of age and who:

    - was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years;

    - is in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 and did not maintain an average equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100 in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum during a semester in the preceding or current school year or is not maintaining such an average in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum in the current semester;

    - did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under TEC Subchapter B, Chapter 39, and who has not in the previous or current school year subsequently performed on that instrument or another appropriate instrument at a level equal to at least 110 percent of the level of satisfactory performance on that instrument;

    - is in prekindergarten, kindergarten or grades 1, 2, or 3 and did not perform satisfactorily on a readiness test or assessment instrument administered during the current school year;
    is pregnant or is a parent;

    - has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with §TEC 37.006 during the preceding or current school year;

    - has been expelled in accordance with §TEC 37.007 during the preceding or current school year;

    - is currently on parole, probation, deferred prosecution, or other conditional release;

    - was previously reported through the PEIMS to have dropped out of school;

    - is a student of limited English proficiency, as defined by §TEC 29.052;

    - is in the custody or care of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or has, during the current school year, been referred to the department by a school official, officer of the juvenile court, or law enforcement official;

    - is homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 11302 and its subsequent amendments; or

    - resided in the preceding school year or resides in the current school year in a residential placement facility in the district, including a detention facility, substance abuse treatment facility, emergency shelter, psychiatric hospital, halfway house, or foster group home.

    (Sources: PEIMS, Oct. 2007; Texas Education Code, 79th Texas Legislature)

    July 30, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
  • In Victoria, there are many "At Risk" kids. They are the sons and daughters of parents that for the most part don't give a darn about their kids academic future.

    The parents that drop their kids off knowing they aren't dressed properly and really don't care.
    The parents that have no idea what is going on at school but are sure that it's no ones fault but the teachers and administrators.
    The parents that are or were gang members who hope their child will follow the path they have chosen.
    The parents that barely speak or do not speak english, don't try to learn english and dont expect their children to.
    The parents that could care less if their child stays in school or not.
    The parents that think it is a fantastic idea for a 14 or 15 year old to get preganant and have a baby.
    The parents that can't wait to drop their child off so they don't have to worry about a baby sitter.

    Yes everything above is 100% true

    Not all of those kids fall into the trap set by their parents but it's my guess that for each one that escapes, 20 more do not.

    VISD's administrators are trying to figure out a way to combat this terrible parent syndrome that has infected our city. I cannot even imagine how you accomplish this task with the problem of terrible parents getting worse every year instead of better.

    Are you a Terrible Parent? Do you have (TBS) Terrible Parent Syndrome?

    These are questions for everyone and not directed at any poster on this thread.

    July 30, 2011 at 6:12 a.m.
  • Ho wis one determined to be "At Risk"? Aren't all kids "At Risk"? If you have the answer I'm waiting...........

    July 30, 2011 at 12:57 a.m.