Tackling the TAKS Test

He's never taken a test like the TAKS in his life. But he is certain he'll pass the test next week on his first try.

We're talking about a third grader at Whittier Elementary who moved to Amarillo from Africa just three years ago. 
NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains how students who are still learning English, plan to tackle the TAKS test.
   The TAKS test poses quite a challenge for any student... But there are a few more hurdles for kids like Ramazani Lohizo who didn't grow up with a written language.
"We had to sit on the floor in the dirt, and the teacher doesn't have a board, so he writes on a book and tells us the copy the words," says Ramazani.

This Amarillo classroom is a whole new world for Ramazani, literally... So it's taken time, motivation and help from his peers to prepare him for the TAKS test.

"Some hard details that I don't know they help me with it," says Ramazani. 

"When he has his mind set on something it will happen, he's had his mind set on  - learning in general and so far he's done an amazing job," says Carey Moore, Ramazani's teacher.

Comprehension is one of the toughest hurdles for Ramazani, but he has a strategy for it come test day.  "We read the story twice and then we underline the words and read the question and go to the story to find the question," says Ramazani.

Ramazani studies an extra four hours every week with several tutors to prepare for the test.

So what does he expect to be on it? "Some words that will be easy for me."
"Ramazani has desire and that's what will help him do well on the test," says Moore.

Ramazani tells me he wants to learn Spanish as well. And when he grows up, he hopes to be a police officer.