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The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) assessments are designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade level.
TAKS blueprints establish the length of each test and the number of test items measuring each objective. These blueprints provide consistency from one test administration to the next. TEA developed the blueprints to ensure that each subject-area/grade-level test includes a variety of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) student expectations eligible for assessment. In addition, each subject-area blueprint reflects an appropriate distribution of the TEKS across objectives for that grade level.
TAKS Revised Information Booklets
TEA developed TAKS information booklets to provide a better understanding of TAKS and its connection to the statewide curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). These booklets are not intended to replace the teaching of the TEKS curriculum, provide the basis for the isolated teaching of skills in the form of narrow test preparation, or serve as the single information source about every aspect of the TAKS program. However, we believe that the booklets provide helpful explanations as well as show enough sample items, reading and writing selections, and prompts to give educators a good sense of the assessment.
Note that unlike the previous information booklets, each grade within a subject area is now presented as a separate booklet. However, it is still important that teachers review the information booklets for the grades both above and below the grade they teach. For example, eighth grade reading teachers who review the seventh grade booklet as well as the ninth grade booklet are able to develop a broader perspective of the TAKS reading assessment than if they study only the eighth grade booklet.
The information booklets for each subject area contain some information
unique to that subject. However, all booklets include the following information,
which we consider critical for every subject-area TAKS test:
- an overview of the subject within the context of TAKS
- a blueprint of the test-the number of items under each objective and the
number of items on the test as a whole
- information that clarifies how to read the TEKS
- the reasons each objective and its TEKS student expectations are critical to
student learning and success
- additional information about each objective that helps educators understand how TEA assesses the objective on TAKS
- sample items that show some of the ways TEA assesses objectives
Science TEKS for TAKS (PDF)
U.S. Department of Education announces that Texas is the first state to have its modified standards, assessments approved (PDF posted 06/23/09)
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Student Assessment Division
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