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Metroplex Baby & Kids' Guide On
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS™) Testing
Based on information from the Texas Education Center

About the Student Assessment Program Frequently Asked Questions
Information Booklets By Subject & Grade Sample Tests & Answer Keys

About the Student Assessment Program

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test is a standardized test used in Texas primary and secondary public and charter schools to assess students' attainment of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills required under Texas education standards. Students being home-schooled or attending private schools are not required to take the TAKS test; however, optional TAKS tests are now available to them.

The Texas Legislature is attempting reform of the TAKS system (HB3 (House Bill 3) and SB3 (Senate Bill 3)). If they pass, the reforms will affect the 2011 schjool year.

Under the system currently in place, Texas public high school students must pass their classes as well as four (4) sections of the TAKS exit level test in order to receive a diploma and graduate. Students first take the Exit Level of the TAKS test in the spring of their junior year. Students will have five (5) opportunities prior to their graduation to take and pass the four exit level TAKS test.

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

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 and TAKS (Accommodated) are available in Spanish and are administered for:

Grades 3–6 reading
Grades 3–6 mathematics
Grade 4 writing
Grade 5 science

End-of-Course Assessments

End-of-course (EOC) assessments are new requirements starting with the freshman class of 2011–2012 for secondary-level courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and United States history.

TAKS–Modified (TAKS–M)

TAKS–Modified (TAKS–M) is an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards and is designed for students receiving special education services who meet participation requirements for TAKS–M and for whom TAKS is not appropriate. TAKS–M covers the same grade-level content as TAKS, but the assessment itself has been simplified through modifications in format (larger font, fewer items per page, etc.) and test design (fewer answer choices, simpler vocabulary and sentence structure, etc.).

TAKS–Alternate (TAKS–Alt)

TAKS–Alternate (TAKS–Alt) is an alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards and is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who meet the participation requirements. Unlike other statewide assessments in Texas, TAKS–Alt is not a traditional paper or multiple-choice test. Instead, the assessment involves teachers observing students as they complete teacher-designed activities that link to the grade-level TEKS curriculum. Teachers then score student performance using the TAKS–Alt rubric and submit results and evidence through an online instrument.

TAKS–Alt is administered for:
Grades 3–9 reading
Grades 3–11 mathematics
Grades 4 and 7 writing
Grades 10 and 11 English language arts (ELA)
Grades 5, 8, 10, and 11 science
Grades 8, 10, and 11 social studies

Testing Calendars

Click here for a calendar of upcoming testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to view frequently asked questions and answers by the Texas Education Agency.

Information Booklets By Subject & Grade

Reading
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9

Writing
Grade 4
Grade 7


English Language Arts
Grade 10
Exit Level

Social Studies
Grade 8
Grade 10
Exit Level
Mathematics
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Exit Level

Science
Grade 5
Grade 8
Grade 10
Exit Level
 
 

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