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New TAKS-M Test for Special Education Students

"Just having to move from being further behind grade level and trying to get them to be successful on a grade level test. There's some gaps there that have to be addressed to get kids ready to be successful, " says Education Diagnostician, Jill Hampton. "Just having to move from being further behind grade level and trying to get them to be successful on a grade level test. There's some gaps there that have to be addressed to get kids ready to be successful, " says Education Diagnostician, Jill Hampton.

Local educators are nervous about a new version of the TAKS test. 

TAKS-M is a modified version of the TAKS test that special education students will begin taking this school year. 

Canyon Independent School District Special Services Director says "it will have simpler vocabulary, simpler sentence structure. They are eliminating some extraneous information out questions and passages. It will have a reduced number of answer choices."

Special education teachers say it will be  a challenge to get students ready for the new TAKS-M test by April of next year.

"Just having to move from being further behind grade level and trying to get them to be successful on a grade level test. There's some gaps there that have to be addressed to get kids ready to be successful." says Education Diagnostician, Jill Hampton.

Special education students will have to test at their grade level, not at their instructional level which is what they are used to.  Teachers are nervous but say  they are preparing for the challenge.

Hampton adds, "more kids will be in an inclusion setting so they're going to actually be in the classroom with a general education teacher and special education teacher there working  with the kids so they can be explaining to them as they are learning."

Tutoring and other special programs will also be offered to the students. 
         

    

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