Texas Student Assessment Program
For more than 25 years, Texas has had a statewide student assessment program. Over time, changes to state and federal statute as well as to the state-mandated curriculum, currently the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), have required the Texas Education Agency to expand the state assessment program, making it more inclusive of and accessible to all student groups. Whether students are served through general education, special education, or bilingual/English as a Second Language programs, the state tests provide a snapshot of the degree to which students are learning the TEKS. As a result of this snapshot, students can receive the additional help they need to strengthen their knowledge and skills in core academic areas; and districts and campuses can evaluate the effectiveness of their instructional programs. In this way, the state assessment program plays an important role in helping all students—no matter what their instructional setting—reach their academic potential.
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
TAKS measures a student’s mastery of the state-mandated curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). TAKS is administered for
- Grades 3–9 reading
- Grades 3–10 and exit level mathematics
- Grades 4 and 7 writing
- Grade 10 and exit level English language arts (ELA)
- Grades 5, 8, 10, and exit level science
- Grades 8, 10, and exit level social studies
Eligible students may meet testing requirements with Spanish-version TAKS assessments, available for
- Grades 3–5 reading
- Grades 3–5 mathematics
- Grade 4 writing
- Grade 5 science
TAKS includes an accommodated form called TAKS (Accommodated) for students served by special education who meet the eligibility requirements for certain specific accommodations. The TAKS (Accommodated) form includes format accommodations (larger font, fewer items per page, etc.) and contains no embedded field-test items. TAKS (Accommodated) is available for all English- and Spanish- version TAKS assessments.
Visit the TAKS webpage for additional information and resources.
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