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What it TAKS: Final test stands in way of graduation

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:30 am

With standardized testing underway this week, 117 Killeen Independent School District seniors need to pass at least one of four end-of-course exams in order to graduate.

The students are among the last to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, which was replaced in 2011 by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

“Of these students, we have 38 of them who are in special education, who have the opportunity to have an (admission, review and dismissal committee) meeting and (they) will make a decision about graduation,” said Diana Miller, Killeen ISD assistant superintendent. “That really leaves us with 79 students who need to still pass the test in order to graduate.”

The district currently has about 2,030 seniors enrolled.

Seniors taking the TAKS this week are being tested in four subjects — English language arts, math, science and social studies.

Seniors who do not pass those exams will have the opportunity to attend free tutoring this summer and retake the tests between July 7 and 10.

Based on averages, Miller said about half of the seniors typically pass the test.

Last year, about 162 seniors needed to take the TAKS test in order to graduate.

“In the past, there’s been students appeal to the board to allow them to walk at graduation,” Superintendent Robert Muller said. “Our policy is unless you satisfy all of the graduation (requirements), including the state assessment, then you cannot participate.”

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