Texas State Promotion Requirements (page 2)

— State: Texas Education Agency
Updated on Oct 27, 2011

Parent Tips to Prepare for Success


  • Early in the school year, review your child’s fourth grade progress and test results with the fifth grade teacher to determine if extra help is needed in reading or math.
  • Reinforce what your child is learning in school by asking questions about classroom and homework assignments.
  • Attend the school’s Open House and parent-teacher conferences. Ask about activities you can do at home to improve your child’s skills.
  • Keep in contact with your child’s teacher throughout the year. If your child seems to be struggling, ask the teacher about tutoring programs or other forms of available assistance.


  • Read and discuss a variety of materials with your child. Help your child understand the meanings of new words. Ask who, what, where, when, and why questions to help your child understand the main idea, purpose, and meaning of what is read.
  • Work with the teacher and school librarian to identify appropriate reading materials that will interest your child.
  • Help your child make connections between personal experience and the events and characters in a story. Ask if a story is similar to other stories and why.


  • Encourage your child to talk about the steps used when solving a math problem.
  • Play math games with your child by asking questions that combine addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to encourage thinking about how numbers work together to form new numbers.
  • Ask questions about what is represented in the tables and graphs found in different sections of magazines and newspapers, such as the weather page.
  • Find ways to incorporate math skills into everyday situations like shopping, counting money, adding and comparing prices on a menu, measuring ingredients for cooking, doing home repairs, and estimating time and distance when traveling.

Prepare for Success: A Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative at Grade 8

8TH Grade Students must pass the TAKS reading and math tests to be promoted to the ninth 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 8 will be required to perform satisfactorily on these end-of-course assessments in order to graduate.

TAKS Testing at Grade 8

Students have three opportunities to pass the TAKS grade 8 reading test and three opportunities to pass the TAKS grade 8 mathematics test—two during the spring and one during the summer. The exact test dates are available at

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.

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