Challenges for Out of State Students in The Permian Basin 4/4/13
CBS 7 News
April 4, 2013
It's less than two months away from the end of the school year and there are still new students filing into our local school system.
Many out-of-state-students have to go to great lengths to pass tests or even graduate.
Leslie Garcia moved from Kansas to Kermit and she is a long way from home.
Leslie is one of the many students across the basin forced to find their way in a brand new school after their family picks up everything for work.
Now her teachers in Kermit High School are helping her through tutorials and a tailored schedule.
I had to take three science classes my first semester and Im taking a lot of freshman courses in order to graduate, she said.
Lequng Jang from New York says his Chinese foreign language credit was not recognized by the Texas school system.
I have to take Spanish one and two simultaneously and it's kind of hard, he said
We have to get pretty creative with the schedules, said Kermit Independent School District Superintendent Bill Boyd. He says they've had more out-of-state and out-of-country students than ever before and they have to quickly learn state mandated tests like the STAAR and TAKS tests.
Its just a different challenge when you come in, he said, You're playing by a different set of rules that you've never played by.
He says although its a challenge he prides himself on the success these students have had.
We have not had a kid who has failed an exit level TAKS test. You have to give the kids and teachers credit.
Boyd says it doesn't matter where you're from but where you're going.
The ultimate goal is for them to graduate and we want him to leave with many tools in their tool belt as possible, he said.
I want to be a scientist in genetics, Jang said.
I want to be a teacher or a lawyer, Garcia said.