By Jeff Stebbins
Amarillo, Texas - As your child begins the school year, educators re-open a debate in their policies. The TAKS test is edging closer to its own disappearance, with instructors and administrators questioning its validity.
Since 2003, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test has been the accepted standard required for graduation. But many teachers want a different academic policy that would replace the TAKS with a more subjective classroom experience.
In that vein, Senate Bill 1031, passed unanimously in both chambers in 2007, will gradually phase out the TAKS test by the year 2012 in lieu of three end-of-course exams in four core subjects.