LISD parents can transfer students out of low-performing schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

LISD parents can transfer students out of low-performing schools


Is your child's school rated poorly? There may be an option for them to move to another school.

The Lubbock Independent School District will send out a letter, required by the state, this week.

If 50 percent or more of the students in a particular school did not pass the TAKS test in any two of the preceding three years, or were rated Academically Unacceptable in 2009, 2010 or 2011 under the statewide accountability system, parents can expect a letter.

Parents with students in these nine schools will be receiving letters: Alderson Middle School, Atkins Middle School, Coronado High School, Dunbar Middle School, Estacado High School, Hodges Elementary, Monterey High School, Parkway Elementary and Slaton Middle School.

The district must notify parents before Feb. 1 detailing what areas the school may have performed poorly on.

LISD Communications Director Nancy Sharp says this is old information. She says by the time the letter is sent out, the district will have already addressed the issues so the school is successful.

Sharp says if parents chose to, they could transfer their child to a school with a better rating. Children cannot transfer from one underperforming school to another underperforming school.

She says parents should have received a school report card in the fall with this same information, so it should be no surprise.

"We very rarely get anyone that wants to transfer their child. They know what happens in that school is not always indicated by what the accountability rating might be. Typically, the parents have had very good experiences in the school and feel very comfortable about what education their child is receiving," Sharp said.

The accountability ratings from the 2011-2012 school year will not be released because students are transitioning from taking the TAKS to the STARR.

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