This past April, high school seniors in Fort Worth that took the TAKS test significantly improved their passing results compared to April 2009.
TAKS, a mandatory standardized test for all students attending public primary and secondary schools in Texas, measures students’ achievement of reading, writing, math, science and social studies skills required under Texas education standards.
High school seniors are not able to graduate until they pass TAKS.
The Fort Worth Independent School District states, of the 395 seniors who re-tested in April 2010, 182 students met their testing requirements for graduation. There was a district-wide decrease in the number of TAKS failing students compared to April 2009.
"While we will not rest until every student graduates, we are pleased that the number are moving in the right direction," said chief academic officer Michael Sorum.
Seniors who need to pass one or more of the four TAKS subjects for graduation will have the opportunity to retest in July 2010. If students pass that test, they will have the opportunity to participate in the August 2010 graduation ceremonies.