Re: Testing the TAKS test
- Subject: Re: Testing the TAKS test
- From: Margaret Davis <margd@FLASH.NET>
- Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 11:50:13 -0600
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It better not be too soon... i have a case sitting on his desk for his gd
There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State
comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from
which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him
-- Civil Disobedience [aka Resistance to Civil Government]
Henry David Thoreau
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol Holst" <kceh@AIRMAIL.NET>
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 9:46 AM
Subject: Testing the TAKS test
> Nelson is stepping down soon. Hopefully this means we have a better
> chance of fighting thing politically.
> Testing the TAKS test
> By Jim Nelson
> Special to the AMerican-Statesman
> Thursday, January 31, 2002
> Texas launches a new era of student testing this week when it begins
> testing the new state exam called the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and
> Make no mistake about it -- the TAKS test is not a recycled version of
> Texas Assessment of Academic Skills. It is a new test from top to bottom
> and, like its predecessor, is expected to spur academic achievement.
> The TAKS, which will be given in third through 11th grades, is broader
> deeper than the TAAS. Mathematics, reading, language arts, science and
> social studies will be tested at various grade levels. Exams are being
> in the ninth and 11th grades.
> Over the past two years, more than 80,000 Texas educators and dozens of
> national testing experts have advised the Texas Education Agency in the
> development of this assessment program, which is based on the state
> curriculum called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Additional
> educators and testing experts will help the State Board of Education
> determine what score will constitute a passing level.
> The three previous generations of standardized student tests in Texas
> been primarily multiple-choice exams. The TAKS will still have
> multiple-choice questions, but it will also have griddable questions, in
> which students must determine the answers on their own with no options
> which to select. The reading passages on the exams will be longer and
> complex. The science and math exams will require students to use rulers
> measure items, and they will require students to use complex formulas.
> Sample test questions, along with background material, may be seen at
> Every public school will participate this spring's TAKS field test.
> Think of
> a field test as a tryout. It is used to determine which questions are
> appropriate for the test. It is a test of the questions, not of the
> The testing contractor will try out two to three times more test
> than will ultimately be used on the final exam. Any question that is
> to be inappropriate or biased will be tossed out. The remaining
> will go into an item bank, and the final test will be constructed using
> those questions.
> Results from this field test will be studied and analyzed by educators,
> parents, business people, agency staff and national testing experts.
> Recommendations from these groups will be presented to the State Board
> Education, which must set the passing standards for the TAKS.
> By law, the board must set a score that determines what constitutes
> and failing. But the board may set additional passing levels that denote
> advanced levels of performance. Many tests, including the National
> Assessment of Educational Progress, which is often called the nation's
> report card, set multiple performance levels. All previous Texas tests
> only had a pass-fail standard so, if the board adopts multiple
> levels in November 2002, it would mark another substantial change in the
> assessment program.
> TAKS will be given and student, campus and district results will be
> for the first time in spring 2003. As required, results from the
> reading exam will be used to determine which students are promoted to
> grade beginning next school year. High school juniors, beginning with
> Class of 2005, must pass the 11th-grade exit level TAKS, along with
> courses, in order to receive a diploma. We believe Texas students and
> educators are up to the challenge the new assessment will present.
> See you at The Soapbox!
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