Many members of the community at today's town hall meeting with education officials wanted to talk about standardized testing and not so much about the recent EPISD cheating scandal.
State representative Dee Margo hosted the town hall meeting at El Paso Community College's Administrative Services Center. Newly appointed TEA commissioner, Michael Williams was invited to answer any public questions and concerns about El Paso's education issues.
Locals focused on standardized testing. Several people claimed it was an unreliable measure of student performance. Others argued that teachers have lost their creative teaching practices because they are required to "drill" students with information specifically for these tests. We spoke with district leaders and got their reaction to the public's interest in standardized testing.
Today's attendees were commended for their participation and urged to continue their involvement with their schools.