Texas State Promotion Requirements
Prepare for Success: A Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative at Grade 5
5TH Grade Students must pass the TAKS reading and math tests to be promoted to the sixth grade.
High School Graduation Requirements
Beginning in the 2011–2012 school year, TAKS high school tests will be phased out and replaced by twelve end-of-course assessments. Students who are currently in grade 5 will be required to perform satisfactorily on these end-of-course assessments in order to graduate.
TAKS Testing at Grade 5
Students have three opportunities to pass the TAKS grade 5 reading test and three opportunities to pass the TAKS grade 5 mathematics test—two during the spring and one during the summer. The exact test dates are available at www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/admin/calendar.
State Law Requirements
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics.
Under the SSI grade advancement requirements, students are required to pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) grade 5 reading and mathematics tests to be promoted to sixth grade. Additionally, students are required to pass the TAKS grade 8 reading and mathematics tests to be promoted to ninth grade.
In addition to the SSI grade advancement requirements, state law also mandates that, beginning in the 2011–2012 school year, high school students will be required to perform satisfactorily on twelve end-of-course assessments in English, mathematics, social studies, and science, along with meeting all their course requirements, to receive a diploma from a Texas public high school.
What Happens at Grade 5?
Fifth grade students have three opportunities to pass the TAKS grade 5 reading test and three opportunities to pass the TAKS grade 5 mathematics test. If a student does not pass one or both tests, the school must give the student additional instruction after each testing opportunity, and the student must participate in that instruction. Parents will be notified if their child does not pass a TAKS test that is required for promotion.
If a student has not passed after the second testing opportunity, a grade placement committee (GPC), which consists of the principal, teacher, and parent or guardian, is formed. The GPC will create an instructional plan based on the individual needs of the student.
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