Power Outage at Permian High School and Burnet Elementary Affects Testing 4/23/13
April 23, 2013
For students at Permian High School and Burnet Elementary today was stressful enough. They are taking the state tests, which are required for Juniors to graduate at Permian High School
“that’s the biggest worry…how will this affect the results…we hope the kids are prepared and that just moving from classroom to classroom and a little bit of a delay doesn’t mess this up too much,” Mike Atkins of the ECISD says.
This morning a power outage occurred and students were left in the dark while testing
“two to three hours without power,” Mike Atkins said.
The Texas Education Agency said they were contacted by ECISD about the power outage and Atkins says they made it very clear that they should do everything to make the situation work and call them back.
The TEA says they never received a call back from the ECISD. ECISD says they have a plan for these situation and testing resumed
“we have been in this situation before…it has happened in the past where we lost power at a school,” Atkins said.
When CBS 7 spoke with the TEA, they said that power outages and other situations occur nearly every year and that it usually doesn’t affect test performance and the students are accommodated
“we got the testing underway and we’re going to get it done,” Atkins said.
We spoke with some sophomores at Permian High School who will be taking the same test next year and they said that situation it could hurt their performance
“I don’t think I would be able to focus,” said one sophomore.