The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) is the Texas state standardized test previously used in grades 3-8 and grades 9-11 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. From 2012 to 2014, the test was phased out and replaced by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test.
Beginning with the 2017–2018 school year, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) assessments will no longer be administered. Students for whom TAKS is a graduation requirement, including former TAAS and TEAMS examinees, may pursue the following options to receive a Texas high school diploma.
1. Request a district decision. An examinee should contact the school district where he or she was last enrolled to request a district decision regarding whether the examinee qualifies to graduate and receive a high school diploma. More details about this option can be found in Senate Bill 463, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017. Additional information should be available in January 2018 when Texas Administrative Code §74 has been amended.
2. Achieve satisfactory performance on an alternate assessment. The alternate assessments allowed for TAKS are SAT, ACT, TSI, and STAAR. Former TAKS, TAAS, and TEAMS examinees should take only the appropriate part of the alternate assessment he or she needs to fulfill testing graduation requirements. More information is available in the Texas Administrative Code §101.4003.
For additional information, please click the TEA link above.