:: Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the LUCHA™ program?
  2. What services are provided through the LUCHA™ program?
  3. How will students and districts benefit from the LUCHA™ program?
  4. What Transcript services does the LUCHA™ program offer?
  5. Can the LUCHA™ program obtain and analyze my transcripts?
  6. How can I request the LUCHA™ program to obtain the transcript?
  7. What is a Graduation Credit Analysis (GCA)?
  8. What documents do I need to send for evaluation?
  9. How do I contact the LUCHA™ program?
  10. How does the district request information on the costs of the LUCHA™ program?
  11. What type of student would benefit most from Transcript Analysis services?
  12. Who should be contacted if a response to a transcript request has not been received?
  13. How is the LUCHA™ diagnostic assessments accessed?
  14. Are the LUCHA™ courses aligned to the TEKS?
  15. How can district teachers and students access online assistance regarding course content?
  16. Answers

    General

    1. What is the LUCHA program?

    Language Learners at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Hispanic Achievement (LUCHA™), an innovative initiative of the K-16 Education Center, helps secondary Spanish-speaking English language learner’s transition into public schools, thereby helping them to achieve success in school, college and life.
    Many Mexican immigrant students are unable to provide transcripts from their home schools. LUCHA™ works directly with the Ministry of Public Education in Mexico and Mexican Educational Institutions to locate and provide missing transcripts to school districts.

    2. What services are provided through the LUCHA™ program?

    LUCHA™ provides the following services

        1. Diagnostic Assessments in Spanish
        2. Transcript obtainment and analysis. Graduation Credit Analysis (GCA) for students from Mexico, for students, grades 8-12.
        3. Online Courses in Spanish.

    3. How will students and districts benefit from the LUCHA™ program?

    Students benefit because they will:

        • Have their course work from Mexico validated.
        • Not lose instructional time by repeating coursework already completed in Mexico.
        • Have access to courses in core subject areas in their native language to assist with transitioning into English.
        • Develop a more positive self-esteem.
        • Be on track to graduate on time.

    Districts benefit because districts will:

        • Save money through the awarding of credits for courses previously taken in Mexico,
        • Reduce their dropout rate.
        • Improve their graduation rate.

    4. What Transcript services does the LUCHA™ program offer?

    The LUCHA™ program provides the following transcript services:

        1. Obtains transcripts from Mexico.
        2. Obtains and analyses transcripts from Mexico and creates a Graduation Credit Analysis (GCA) for students, grades 8-12.
        3. Analyzes student transcripts from Mexico and creates a Graduation Credit Analysis (GCA) for students, grades 8-12.

    5. Can the LUCHA™ program obtain and analyze my transcripts?

    LUCHA™ provides the following transcript services:

    - Obtains transcripts from Mexico for students who do not have them, and Analyzes transcripts from grades 8-12.

    - Analyzes student transcripts from Mexico and creates a Graduation Credit Analysis (GCA) for students, grades 8-12. The GCA:
        o Shows the total number of credits earned in Mexico.
        o Recommends LUCHA™ online courses in Spanish that would be appropriate for the student to take to help transition into English while continuing to earn credit in core subject areas.

    6. How can I request the LUCHA™  program to obtain the transcript?

    To submit a transcript request you will have to contact the LUCHA™  Team by writing an email to the LUCHA™ email lucha@austin.utexas.edu

    7.  What is a Graduation Credit Analysis (GCA)?

    A GCA is a Graduation Credit Analysis. The GCA shows the total number of credits earned in Mexico. The GCA Recommends LUCHA™ online courses in Spanish that would be appropriate for the student to take. This will help transition into English while continuing to earn credit in core subject areas.

    Download a sample of the Graduation Credit Analysis (GCA).

    8. What documents do I need to send for evaluation?

    The documents we need are clear and legible photocopies of academic transcripts (certificado de estudios / calificaciones) and graduation certificates or diplomas. The Lucha program verifies documents for authenticity of all documents.

    9. How do I contact the LUCHA™ Program?

    To find out more about providing LUCHA™ services in your school or district, updates in transcript request services or any question regarding courses, please contact the LUCHA™ Teamlucha@austin.utexas.edu

    10. How does the district request information on the costs of the LUCHA™ program?

    For more information on program costs and contracts please contact the LUCHA™ Team lucha@austin.utexas.edu

    11. What type of student would benefit most from Transcript Analysis services?
    Spanish-speaking students who:
    • have enrolled within the past two years in Texas public schools,
    • are recent immigrants from Mexico, and
    • Have completed at least the third year of Secundaria (equivalent to 9th grade in the U.S.).

    12. Who should be contacted if a response to a transcript request has not been received?


    For information on specific student transcript requests, please contact the LUCHA™ Team lucha@austin.utexas.edu sending the student in formation following FERPA rules (first names, and first initial of student last name)

    13. How is the LUCHA™ diagnostic assessments accessed?


    For more information on accessing the LUCHA™ Diagnostic Assessments, please contact the LUCHA™ Field Trainer assigned to your educational region.

    14. Are the LUCHA™ courses aligned to the TEKS?


    Courses have been aligned to the TEKS by highly qualified teachers from Mexico and Texas. Gaps that were identified in the courses are provided to teachers in participating school districts.

    15. How can district teachers and students access online assistance regarding course content?

    Questions can be submitted to the LUCHA™ Team lucha@austin.utexas.edu

     

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