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The TAKS Is Dead! Long Live the TAKS!
Students continue to cram for slow-to-expire high-stakes tests
"...including the Texas Legislature, which officially killed the exit-level TAKS in May – thinks the high-stakes testing system is..."

June 29, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

TAKS Camp Facts
"...Official title: Summer TAKS Power Workshop..."

June 29, 2007 News Feature

TAKS Scores Show Both Improvement and Trouble for AISD
Numbers down for the crucial third and 11th grades
"...Texas students take TAKS tests in language arts, math, science, and social studies...."

May 26, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Parsing the TAKS at AISD
The Austin ISD TAKS scores mirror the state averages, for better and worse
"...group, Austin students improved their scores on the 2004 [TAKS] tests, compared to their peers' 2003 performance." In the..."

June 4, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

AISD Scores TAKS Victories
TAKS ratings improve for many AISD schools
"...is now being repurposed (see Just Add Students). AISD TAKS Results Rating20082007 Exemplary157 Recognized1918 Acceptable6369 Unacceptable1110 Total108104..."

Aug. 8, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Taking the TAKS Is Hard … Understanding the Results Is Harder
Austin ISD scores better -- we think
"...AISD, no one is exactly overjoyed – next year's TAKS results, complete with the two competing sets of ratings,..."

March 4, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

TAKS Scores
Pearce's best chance of survival lies with the Legislature

May 29, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Takes TAKS Test to Task
"...Dear Editor, I appreciated your comments regarding the TAKS test [“Capitol Chronicle,” News, June 4, 2004]. I have..."

July 28, 2005 Postmarks

Bye TAKS - Maybe
Could TAKS finally be a thing of the past?

March 20, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Testing, Testing, 1 2 3 ...
There are lies, damned lies, and statistics … and then there's the TAKS test
"...on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. The TAKS scores hit the headlines last week, as Gov. Perry..."

June 4, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
Too much testing, not enough learning, says legislator
"...to be kept back. So those who believe the TAKS does a good job measuring student achievement are likely..."

March 4, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Naked City
Mock exam gets grown-ups involved in kids' study habits
"...Middle School student has to pass all her state-required TAKS tests, a goal to which Austin ISD devotes a..."

Feb. 18, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Fuller Versus IDEA
Charter school group attacks academic's work, he rebuts
"...– Students taking the English-language TAKS (rather than the Spanish-version) were 2.65 times more likely..."

Dec. 8, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Left Behind
AISD moves to close Webb Middle School – and transfer the "merchandise"
"...East Austin are hardly comparable.) The designers of the TAKS test now cleverly parse out ("disaggregate") the data at..."

Feb. 16, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

The Dropout Problem
Not students, but teachers – AISD struggles to retain qualified educators
"...That system – the TAKS tests and the complex rigmarole of benchmark testing, data-analyzing,..."

Aug. 12, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Naked City
"...school. AISD will be administering a make-up test for TAKS English Language Arts and TAAS Writing on Tuesday, April..."

April 6, 2007 News Feature

Naked City
"...of failure to pass all sections of the state-mandated TAKS tests. Earlier this month, AISD announced that 545 of..."

June 17, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

More to Education Than Test Preparation
Austin Interfaith asks AISD to de-emphasize standardized testing
"...a "subdistrict" that would use more than just the TAKS to assess student learning...."

March 11, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Changing Places
The new Pickle Elementary School is a crucible of the changing St. Johns neighborhood
"...These problems are compounded by the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test. The TAKS..."

Feb. 7, 2003 News Feature by Michael May

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...Gov. Rick Perry announced the results of this year's TAKS tests, and his news is overwhelmingly good. The passing..."

May 28, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Changing Course
AISD shifts to community-based model for prepping younger kids for college
"...the old Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS tests. So far, most discussions about STAAR center on..."

Sept. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TEA to Pearce: Drop Dead
School officials and community are blindsided by agency's decision to close Pearce Middle School
"...math. However, only 39% of all students taking the TAKS test passed in science, falling short of the current..."

July 17, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Res Publica
Voter registration's only the top of the iceberg – here's the rest of your civic agenda for the week, Oct. 2-9
"...GETTING TAKS ON TRACK explores alternatives to the TAKS test. 1-4pm...."

Oct. 3, 2008 News Feature

We Need a Real Solution
"...Dear Editor, In the article "The TAKS Is Dead! Long Live the TAKS!" [News, June 29],..."

June 29, 2007 Postmarks

The Power of Poetry
Johnston High English teacher makes poets out of school's urban immigrant youths
"...17-year-old actually discovered her love for poetry through the TAKS test, but not in the way the test's designers..."

June 1, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

Naked City
"...the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test, or TAKS test; 79% of the 5,000 fifth-graders who took the..."

April 27, 2007 News Feature

Naked City
"...as Austin students are gearing up for this year's TAKS test, which students will take beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20...."

Feb. 16, 2007 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...for the year, showing Texas students faring worse on TAKS tests than the previous year. This was predictable, since..."

Aug. 5, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Lege Notes
Odds and ends (mostly odds) from the 79th
"...or fail to graduate based on their performance on TAKS tests, with "multiple criteria" assessment. That is, instead of..."

April 29, 2005 News Column

High Tech Schools: The Future, or the Latest Fad?
Will new technology funding go to build skills or just buy stuff?
"...the back burner because of the focus on the TAKS tests."..."

Dec. 31, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

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