Parents and students unhappy with school exposing failing students

By Samantha Ptashkin - Reporter

SPRING, Texas - From cliques to class, high school can be a tough time, and some students at Dekaney High School say their school isn't helping matters when it comes to standardized testing.

They say the school is exposing their failing classmates with a simple list, which is posted on campus for all to see.

The list has the names of seniors who need to re-take a standardized test and the location where they need to take it.

While the list might not directly say their peers failed, some students say everyone can assume they did, based on the fact that the list shows which ones will be re-taking the test. 

"I understand that when you fail a test, it's not something you want to go bragging about," junior Alexzander Johnson said.

"I feel like it should be confidential," junior Angel Gamez said.

According to Spring ISD spokesperson Karen Garrison, posting student names, along with locations of all state-mandated tests, is common practice. 

Garrison also issued this statement:

"Protecting our students' privacy is one of our highest priorities. We strive to adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act at all times. Posting student names within the school along with the locations of all state-mandated tests that they need to take is common practice, especially on high school campuses with large student populations.

"This is not meant to be harmful or an invasion of privacy. It is simply meant to direct students to the right location to take the appropriate state test. Only the student's name, testing time, location and subject area are listed within the school, which is not a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act."

However, some students say the situation could be handled differently.

"They should mail it to your house," junior Marvin Ruiz said.

Garrison said while so far the district has not changed its mind on the issue, it does listen closely to the concerns of parents and students.

If you have a comment, you can go to the district's website and click on the "Your Voice" tab at the bottom of the homepage.

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