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Re: Testing the TAKS test



and why if he leaves before the election then our sweet little *dick* perry
will select. so who's good at authoring bills? we need to be able to elect
our commissioner. we're gonna elect juanita and she can sit both in
washington and texas hehe

Margaret
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must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol Holst" <kceh@AIRMAIL.NET>
To: <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: Testing the TAKS test


> Our soon-to-be former commissioner of education, hand-selected by our
> friendly pal George W.
>
> Karen Canty wrote:
> >
> > Carol,
> >
> > Sorry who is Jim Nelson?
> >
> > Karen
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List
> > [mailto:ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU]On Behalf Of Carol Holst
> > Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 7:46 AM
> > To: ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU
> > Subject: Testing the TAKS test
> >
> > Nelson is stepping down soon. Hopefully this means we have a better
> > chance of fighting thing politically.
> >
> >
http://www.austin360.com/auto_docs/epaper/editions/thursday/editorial_6.html
> >
> > 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
> > field
> > testing the new state exam called the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and
> > Skills.
> >
> > Make no mistake about it -- the TAKS test is not a recycled version of
> > the
> > 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
> > and
> > deeper than the TAAS. Mathematics, reading, language arts, science and
> > social studies will be tested at various grade levels. Exams are being
> > added
> > 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
> > have
> > 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
> > from
> > which to select. The reading passages on the exams will be longer and
> > more
> >
> > complex. The science and math exams will require students to use rulers
> > to
> > measure items, and they will require students to use complex formulas.
> >
> > Sample test questions, along with background material, may be seen at
> > http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/taks/booklets/index.html.
> >
> > 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
> > students.
> >
> > The testing contractor will try out two to three times more test
> > questions
> > than will ultimately be used on the final exam. Any question that is
> > found
> > to be inappropriate or biased will be tossed out. The remaining
> > questions
> > 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
> > of
> > Education, which must set the passing standards for the TAKS.
> >
> > By law, the board must set a score that determines what constitutes
> > passing
> > 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
> > have
> > only had a pass-fail standard so, if the board adopts multiple
> > performance
> > 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
> > reported
> > for the first time in spring 2003. As required, results from the
> > third-grade
> > reading exam will be used to determine which students are promoted to
> > fourth
> > grade beginning next school year. High school juniors, beginning with
> > the
> > Class of 2005, must pass the 11th-grade exit level TAKS, along with
> > their
> > courses, in order to receive a diploma. We believe Texas students and
> > educators are up to the challenge the new assessment will present.
> >
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> >
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