TAKS Reading Assessments


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The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) measures a student’s mastery of the state-mandated curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The reading TAKS is administered for grades 3–9 in English and grades 3–5 in Spanish. 

To view all TAKS resources, visit the TAKS Resources webpage.


The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) reading rubrics will be used to score the three short answer questions that will be included on the reading test at Grade 9 and the English language arts tests at Grades 10 and 11 Exit Level. Short answer questions will be scored on a four-point scale, with 0 (Insufficient) being the lowest score and 3 (Exemplary) being the highest. There are three separate reading rubrics—one to score the question attached to the literary selection, one to score the question attached to the expository selection, and one to score the question that requires students to make a connection between these two selections. The score students receive on each question is based on their ability to provide a reasonable answer and support it with relevant and accurate evidence from the text.

To help clarify the way Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) short answer responses are scored, two charts are provided below.  The first can be applied to questions related to either a literary or an expository selection. The second is unique to questions connecting the literary and expository selections (also called crossover items). The charts are a "short-hand" way to capture the essence of the rubrics, but these charts should NOT be considered a replacement of the rubrics. 

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Student Assessment Division
1701 North Congress Avenue, Room 3-122A
Austin, Texas 78701

Last updated: February 1, 2010

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