Local school district makes TAKS a team effort - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/28/10

Local school district makes TAKS a team effort

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Students across the South Plains will continue the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills or TAKS testing Wednesday morning, and in one district, the central administration will be right there with them.

At Lubbock-Cooper ISD the central office staff is part of a monitoring team to ensure the TAKS is given properly.

Superintendent Pat Hendersen is part of the team.  He following a check list established by the state to ensure schools follow the same set of rules.  

An inspector from the Texas Education Agency can come to any school in the state to make sure the rules are followed, but Pam Brown Director of Guidance and Assessment for Cooper  says why wait. "I feel totally secure, not that we've ever had a complaint, but I think the reason we haven't is because we take this so seriously," Brown said. 

Brown helped establish the monitoring team three years ago. This year it's expanded with the central office staff, so not everyone has to monitor everyday. "I was asked the other day if I can afford to take that much time out.  Yes, this is very important to us. This is our state assessment, and our kids and teachers have worked very hard, and I think it's only appropriate that I show I'm very interested in it as well," Hendersen said. 

Brown also says the monitoring team allows administration to see and recognize the staff's hard work to ensure the TAKS runs smoothly.  Students in the Lubbock-Cooper ISD take the TAKS through Thursday.  Those who missed one of the days will make up that portion on Friday.

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