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Passing 8th Grade Assessment

Region 13 TAKS results was better than state results in 2010, on average

Significance of Indicator: As part of the Texas Student Success Initiative, students must pass the 8th grade Reading and Mathematics TAKS before going to 9th grade, and they are given three opportunities to pass the Reading and Math TAKS. However, students who fail the TAKS can be promoted to the 9th grade based on decisions made by a Grade Placement Committee.

How we are doing on this Indicator: The following data reflect a snapshot of the TAKS outcomes for Region 13 in 2010. Collectively, the percentages of students in school districts in Region 13 who met the minimum TAKS standards was equal to or greater than the state for all 8th grade TAKS subjects.

what the data tell us

Definition: The percentage of students who met standard or were commended, on TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.)

Data Source:  Region 13, Pearson Education, 2010

Data Considerations: These data are for first administration of TAKS.  In Grades 8 students are given up to three opportunities to pass Reading and Math TAKS.The TAKS is only administered to public school students and is not required for private or home-school students.

The story behind the data

Most of the state's accountability system is based on the percentage of students on a campus or in a district who took TAKS and met the state's minimum standard by grade and subject (percent-met). For example, for a school to be rated Exemplary, the highest accountability rating, at least 90% of the students taking TAKS must meet or exceed the minimum standards on specific assessments.  Changes in the percentage of students in a school or district who meet the standards across school years is only a crude measure of educational improvements occurring.  As a result, two groups of students in a school could have identical percentages meeting the standard but radically different average scores. Reporting only percent-met by school or group lacks sufficient detail to convey whether students, who are above or below the passing standard, are actually improving.

Source: E3 Alliance; Central Texas Achievement Gaps: Are They Closing or Not?

Local efforts to improve the indicator

Every school district is working to improve the percentage of students who meet the minimum TAKS standards, and many school districts have programs in place designed to improve the percentage of students who meet the more rigorous Commended standards.  Some of the efforts include professional development for teachers, the use of double-blocking (two class periods) for core subjects (e.g., reading, math), instructional aides or assistants to help with students who are struggling, and intensive instructional supports.

A closer look at the data

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% of 8th Grade Students Passing Reading TAKS

Definition: The percentage of students who Met Standard on the TAKS.

Data Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System,Texas Education Agency, 2010

Data Considerations: These data are for first administration of TAKS. In Grades 3, 5, and 8 students are given up to 3 opportunities to pass the required TAKS. The TAKS is only administered to public school students and is not required for private or home-school students.

% of 8th Grade Students Passing Math TAKS

Definition: The percentage of students who Met Standard on the TAKS.

Data Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System,Texas Education Agency, 2010

Data Considerations: These data are for first administration of TAKS. In Grades 3, 5, and 8 students are given up to 3 opportunities to pass the required TAKS. The TAKS is only administered to public school students and is not required for private or home-school students.

% of 8th Grade Students Passing Science TAKS

Definition: The percentage of students who Met Standard on the TAKS.

Data Source: Academic Excellence Indicator System,Texas Education Agency, 2010

Data Considerations: These data are for first administration of TAKS. In Grades 3, 5, and 8 students are given up to 3 opportunities to pass the required TAKS. The TAKS is only administered to public school students and is not required for private or home-school students.