LISD supports TAKS test demise
Polk County Enterprise, May 2007
LIVINGSTON – Livingston ISD has voiced its support for legislation that would phase-out the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test and replace it with end-of-course exams in core areas.
A resolution to that effect was approved by the board during a special-called meeting Friday morning. The vote was unanimous among the trustees present: Henry Ager, Brian Bounds, Jeff Galloway and Sydney Murphy.
A copy of the board’s resolution was faxed to the House Education Committee following the board meeting.
The Texas Senate unanimously approved the measure, SB 1031, on Thursday. The companion bill in the House, HB 2236, has been voted out of committee but has yet to be heard by the full House.
“Increasing student achievement and creating a college-bound culture in our schools are top priorities of the Livingston Independent School District,” said the resolution approved by the board. “…A rich, full understanding of the core subjects of English, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies is essential to increasing student achievement and preparing students to compete and perform successfully in college and the workforce.”
The TAKS test, especially in the critical high school years, can lead to an overemphasis in the classroom on test preparation at the expense of a rich and full study of subjects, the board said through the resolution.
If approved in the House, the change would go into effect for students entering the ninth grade in 2009-2010. Students above the ninth grade in that year would continue to use the current testing system until they graduate. To graduate, a student must get an average score of 70 on all exams.