The End of TAKS?

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Texas lawmakers will consider getting rid of the TAKS test for some school grade levels when the Legislature convenes in January.

State Senator Florence Shapiro of Plano is the Senate education chair.

She says she believes the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills "has worn out its welcome," especially for high school and middle school grades.

Shapiro says she instead wants "end-of-course" exams for upper grades.

The lawmaker also wants to review the state's assessment process and minimum standards for student performance.

Currently, schools earn "acceptable" status in the state accountability system with a 25 percent student passing rating.

Shapiro says nobody believes that 25 percent passing is acceptable.

She predicts lawmakers will pay a great deal of attention to education issues once the Legislature convenes January ninth.