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(Taken from Magic 106.5 original article post)Estacado Early College High School program graduates first-ever cohort
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Four years ago, Lubbock ISD and Texas Tech University teamed up to create the Early College High School program. This program gives students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credit hours in high school.

Out of 170 students that graduated from Estacado on Saturday, 47 were a part of the first graduating class of the Estacado Early College High School program.

"Our program really focuses on helping at risk students, who are sometimes not able to go to college on their own because of economic situations or family situations," Director of EECHS, Tanna Rodriguez said. "I know this program gives them a step up."

Rodriguez said she was extremely proud to watch those students cross the stage.

"They are very special to me," Rodriguez said. "I'm very excited to say that we had over 1,600 college credit hours earned by those 47 students, which is an amazing savings to those families."

Students in the program start preparing for college the second they step on campus.

"College is our theme of Estacado," Rodriguez said. "Texas Tech has been such a great partner, we have had their career center come and talk to our students starting sophomore and junior year, and then as a senior we help our students apply for college and talk to them about how the credits will transfer and what it's going to be like."

Every 8th grade student in Lubbock ISD can apply to this program. Estacado's senior student body president was originally supposed to go to Monterey, but instead took advantage of the program.

"Originally Estacado was thought to be seen as a sad school, but with this program we're stepping up and becoming a school that's more than what people think," Solomon Barraza said. "We're actually reaching out of the East Side and reaching out to other students."

Antwan Williams is another one of the graduating seniors who is heading to Texas Tech in the fall. He has 58 credit hours, which is essentially two years of college already completed.

"I didn't want my mom to pay as much for college, really at all," Williams said. "I was thinking there's probably some freshman or sophomore at Texas Tech right now trying to do that same course and they're paying for it, I'm not paying for it, so I have to go as hard as I can because I don't want to retake these courses."

Williams is planning to eventually attend medical school and become a neuropsychologist. He said his graduating cohort was more like a family.

"At the end when they said we graduated and everybody threw their caps in the air, I hugged everybody I saw over the past four years because I knew how hard those people alongside me worked," It felt like I had just won a ring or a NBA championship or something."

Vice President of Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees, Bill Stubblefield said the success of this program would not be possible without Texas Tech's support.

"Our partners at Texas Tech University and their investment of 450,000 dollars means that is exactly how much these families have saved," Stubblefield said. "That is a barrier that has been eliminated for these young men and women as they pursue their college career."

As a whole, Estacado's graduating class earned more than two million dollars in college scholarships.

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STAAR testing requirements have been waived for the 2019-2020 school year.

We will continue to empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19.

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Governor Abbott Waives STAAR Testing Requirements

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.

Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that schools continue to deliver instruction to students while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19. This includes tailoring instruction for students with special needs so that they have access to the same education as other students in the district. Governor Abbott will continue to work with the TEA on developing additional methods to ensure that students are learning and ready to succeed at the next grade-level. These discussions are ongoing and more information will be provided as it develops.

"Your health and safety are top priorities, and the state of Texas will give school districts flexibility to protect and ensure the health of students, faculty, and their families," said Governor Abbott. "We will empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19."

The move to waive testing requirements reflects the Governor’s emphasis on public health over all other priorities at this time. In normal times, Texas’ assessment system provides educators and parents with reliable information on whether or not their students have mastered grade-level content. The Governor remains committed to ensuring parents, students, and school districts have access to this information in future years.

Superintendents should continue to prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, and their families. Their leadership is an important part of our statewide efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect public health.

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