Replacing TAKS with End of Course Exams

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The high-stakes Texas high school exit exam would be replaced by a series of end-of-course tests under a bill moving through the Legislature.

The measure has won tentative approval in the Texas House.

Final approval could come today, sending the bill back to the Senate.

The bill would replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS, with exams in four core subjects for students in grades nine to eleven.

Younger students would still have to take the standardized exam.

An amendment added to the bill would also replace the math and reading TAKS test in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.

The proposal would be phased in over several years, starting with students who are in ninth grade in 2011-12.