• Newcowboyintown: I guess the best way to explain this is to say that there are students who are non-English speakers who have various levels of proficiency in writing, reading, listening, and speaking in English. They range from knowing nothing to being nearly comparable to their English speaking peers. The way Federal laws are written, students of all language levels are entitled to be in the same classroom as their English-speaking peers. Those who are LEP (have limited proficiency) have an aid who will help them understand their work. These aids do not go to every class with every student - they meet as necessary. The expectation is that by putting these students in English-speaking classrooms, with support from an aid, and with course and instructional modifications provided by the teacher, these students' proficiency will increase. In the meantime, they are still expected to take and pass the TAKS in all areas - the State actually uses their success on the test as one factor to determine the school's accountability rating.

    As far as tutoring goes: They are provided with content area tutoring and the teacher helps them with vocabulary as they go. I hope this answers your question.

    I agree those students who do not show should not graduate - and they don't - I was stating that these students still count as not passing the TAKS.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:54 p.m.
  • RobertTX - I am not sure what kind of data you are looking for but you can access all TAKS data from the TEA website - the document breaks the data down into subpopulations including those who are ELL (English Language Learners), sometimes called LEP (Limited English Proficient). It will give you the number of ELL students and the percentage who passed each are of the TAKS. Keep in mind the information is broken down in numerous ways - this is just one example for the purpose of answering your question. If you are asking how many ELL students there are - I cannot give an exact answer. I know I have a handful every year.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:39 p.m.
  • if it's the same 'free' tutoring that colleges offer, the tutor is paid by the school and it's free to attend

    June 14, 2011 at 6:58 p.m.
  • They can get free tutoring, so does that mean the tutors are doing this for free. Or is someone paying for the turors ???? What parts of this is free? What does this mean?

    June 14, 2011 at 6:52 p.m.
  • sage do you have any validating evidence on the number of non-english speakers ?

    June 14, 2011 at 3 p.m.
  • Sage - let me understand - they cannot speak English yet we are going to give them tutoring to pass the test. Help me understand - is the tutoring to teach them English?

    If they don't show - don't let them graduate. Just how much do we have to continue to give away?

    June 14, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Edith: You should be able to access TAKS data on the TEA website.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:19 a.m.
  • Newcowboyintown: You can't teach them if they don't show up. If they don't show up, they generally don't pass the test. Also consider the number of non-English speakers we have. They have to pass the tests too. Things aren't always as simple as they first appear.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:17 a.m.
  • Twelve years of school - and more tutoring needed to pass the exit exam. Are we teaching the test or are we educating our youth?

    June 14, 2011 at 6:33 a.m.
  • The test scores are in. Any chance we can get them published? How did the local campuses do?

    June 13, 2011 at 9 p.m.