Lawmaker Says TAKS has "Worn out its Welcome"

Texas legislators are thinking about reconstructing some education policies.   

When they convene this January some are considering doing away with the TAKS test for certain grade levels.

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Florence Shapiro, R-Plano is planning to introduce the legislation to end the test, she says the test, "has worn out its welcome," particularly for high school and middle school grades.

Shapiro wants to replace the current test with "end-of-course" exams for upper grade levels.

Shapiro says the committee will also review the state's assessment process and minimum standards for performance which require only a twenty-five percent student passing rate. "Nobody believes that 25 percent passing is acceptable," Shapiro said. "We've got to change that and make them meaningful and not something to snicker at, because that's what we're doing right now."

Shapiro also says the state will have to find a way to come up with billions of dollars needed for funding of new schools and capitol improvements for existing ones.

Lawmakers last year passed legislation requiring students to take an extra year of science, which will require schools to add labs, however,the state did not provide funding.

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