Texas Moves Closer to Getting Rid of TAKS in High School

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The Texas Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would revamp the way student learning is measured in upper grades.

Elementary and middle school students would still take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS.

High school students must currently pass the TAKS in English, math, social science and science to graduate.

Under the new system, students would have to earn a cumulative score of 840 on 12 standardized end exams, which averages out to a score of 70 per test, but high scores on one exam could compensate for lower scores on another.

The exams would cover material taught that year, instead of more general and cumulative information that students should have learned throughout high school, as the TAKS focuses on.

The end exams would also account for 15 percent of a student's final grade in a course.

Meanwhile, the board of the Houston school district passed a resolution calling for the same changes to the state's accountability system as are outlined in the bill.