TAKS Test Coming To An End

Texas school districts have seen the end of the TAKS test this year.

Wichita Falls ISD students made increases in 26 of 27 areas tested on the TAKS, since it was first given in 2003. The overall improvement occurred even as passing requirements increased and more Special Education students were included. This year, passing rates on 22 of 27 subject areas were in the 80 to 99 percent passing range.

Beginning next school year, students in grades 3-9, will take the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). STAAR will be a more rigorous, college-readiness indicator test with an assessment at the end of every course.

Over the span of TAKS testing, district high school students had the most dramatic increases of all grades. Increases averaged 29 percentage points in English, Math, Science and Social Studies. The largest gains were made in 11th grade Math (49 points), Science (48 points) and English (31 points).