Major changes are coming to student testing in Texas.
Lawmakers have decided to eliminate the TAKS test from high school graduation requirements. They will replace TAKS with a series of 12 tests in math, science, english and social studies. The tests will be administered at the end of each course, which gives teachers a full year to prepare students for the tests.
One school district in our area welcomes the new testing format.
"It is more thorough. Whereas the TAKS test just gives you a snapshot, this test is going to be more of a longitudinal test over the standard. And so kids will have a better opportunity to do well on it," said Stan Chatman, AISD Executive Director of Student Performance, Tascosa Cluster.
Lawmakers are also considering a different replacement test for elementary and middle school students. There are no details of this test yet.
Chatman says AISD could see benefits from changing the testing format because the end of course tests would allow students to work on improving their scores.