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Scoring Tables/Passing Standards
The passing standard for all tests in all grades is the same each year: 2100. The passing scores vary depending upon the difficulty of each administration of the test and are not determined until
after the test is given.
Raw score cuts for various administrations of the TAKS and other tests.
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
- TAKS measures the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the statewide curriculum, in the following grades and subjects:
- 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.
- The Spanish TAKS is administered to students in grades 3-5.
- Grades 3–5 reading
- Grades 3–5 mathematics
- Grade 4 writing
- Grade 5 science
- The Student Success Initiative (SSI) requires that students pass the grades 5 and 8 reading and mathematics assessments for promotion to the next grade level.
- Assessment requirements for graduation from high school can be found here.
Reading Proficiency Tests in English
- Measures the annual growth of second-language learners in English reading proficiency and is used along with the English and Spanish TAKS
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills-Accommodated (Accommodated)
- Assesses all subjects and grade levels currently assessed by the TAKS
- Developed in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) for students receiving special education services who are working on or near grade level
- Allows for student accommodations such as a larger font, fewer items per page, etc.
- Student results on TAKS (Accommodated) are available for English- and Spanish-version TAKS (Accommodated) assessments.
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills-Modified (TAKS-M)
- Administered to students receiving special education services whose disabilities have precluded them from achieving grade-level proficiency
- Based on modified academic achievement standards that cover the same grade-level content as TAKS, but contains modifications
- Only 2 percent of the students tested will count toward Adequate Yearly Progress calculations.
- TAKS-M is not available in a Spanish version.
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills-Alternative (TAKS-Alt)
- Assesses students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in the same grades and subjects as TAKS
- Involves test administrators observing students as they complete teacher-designed activities that link to the grade-level TEKS curriculum
Linguistically Accommodated Testing (LAT)
- Designed for Limited English Proficiency (LEP)-exempt recent immigrants
- Provides linguistic accommodations and is available in the following grades and subjects:
- Grades 3-8 reading and grade 10 English language arts (ELA)
- Grades 3-8 and 10 mathematics
- Grades 5, 8 and 10 science
- Visit the Texas Education Agency’s English Language Learners (ELL) Assessments page for more information and resources.
State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, TAKS tests will be replaced with the State of Texas Assessment s of Academic Readiness (STAAR). This new set of tests will include the 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments mandated by SB 1031 in 2007 and the new grade 3–8 assessments mandated by HB 3 in 2009. For more information about the STAAR, visit www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/.
For specific questions about the Texas assessment system, contact the Texas Education Agency, Student Assessment Division, at (512) 463-9536.