No More TAKS for High Schoolers?

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Texas' standardized test would be history for high schoolers under a bill the Texas Senate has unanimously approved.

The legislation would replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills with annual exams in four core subjects, English language arts, math, science and social studies. The end-of-course exams would be given to students in grades nine to eleven.

The proposal would be phased in over several years, starting with students who are in ninth grade in the 2009-2010 school year.

Younger students would still have to take the standardized exam.

The high-stakes nature of the TAKS has been criticized by teachers and parents, who argue that too much classroom time is spent on preparing students for the test. Students take the exit-level test as juniors and must pass to graduate.

The proposal next goes to the House for consideration.