How Will Schools Deal With Katrina Students When It Comes To The TAKS Test?

by Stuart Burson

Several school districts in East Texas have taken in Katrina and Rita evacuees as students, at least until they can go back home. This is leading to some speculation about how this will effect campus ratings when these students, especially those from Louisiana, take the TAKS test, an exam they are unfamiliar with.

Both Nacogdoches and Lufkin ISD officials say that all students will take the TAKS test, with principals and teachers addressing the needs of their students. But there might be special arrangements made for campuses that have Katrina students.

"Even for high school students we expect some degree of forgiveness particularly for those students that have only been here a short period of time whether it's Katrina or Rita. We expect less forgiveness for out Texas students who have been in our Texas system all along." says Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight.

Knight also says that students who plan on receiving a Texas high school diploma will have to take the TAKS exit exam. But those wishing to receive their diploma from Louisiana will not.