New bill shifts focus of TAKS test - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/6/09

New bill shifts focus of TAKS test

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new bill introduced in Austin Thursday focuses on students' progress rather than their TAKS test results. One part of the bill would accept vocational courses in exchange for math and science credits.

Luis Duran is talking about Ohm's Law in an unconventional classroom. "All the wires in this house are connected to this panel," said Duran.

Duran's class, along with several others at the Byron Martin ATC, built their own classroom - a Habitat for Humanity home. "The first time they hook up a light, flip that switch and that light comes on - you can see their light come on," says teacher Dusty Thomas. 

The newly proposed bill would focus on classes like Dusty Thomas' electrical trade's class. The math his students learn would count towards their diploma. "In here they have basically the same problems, they still have to pass in here but they put it to use," says Thomas.

LISD Superintendent Wayne Havens says this bill is a step in the right direction. "We know every student we have has the skills to be productive. You've just got to tap into that. This just gives us another arm to do that," says Havens.

"At school they are prepping you for a test, anyone can take test, but sometimes people aren't good test takers. Here it's all hand on," says Duran. "All the stuff we did in class built up to this," he adds.

Duran's hard work in class will someday light up one Lubbock family's life every day.

To read the entire proposed bill click here.

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