Inside East Texas: “TAKS Test”

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, better-known as the TAKS test, is mandated by the state. It's the latest in a series of state mandated tests dating back to the early 1990s. For the first time, this year’s third graders who fail the test are at risk of not advancing to the fourth grade. The test has created much anxiety among parents, administrators, teachers and students.

Inside East Texas examined how this test is different from past state mandated tests, the consequences and options of not passing the test, as well as how teachers, schools, parents and students are preparing. The program also gave advice on how to prepare for the TAKS test outside of the classroom.

In addition, the program looked at the long term – why there's so much emphasis on these types of tests and how the test impacted grades other than third. 


Heather Buchanan


Betty Harrison - Dir. of Instruction for Language Arts Curriculum for Lufkin ISD

Pablo Torres - Principal, Coston Elementary School, Lufkin

Additional Resources

Profile of how Jamie Graham, the mother of a third grader, helped her son prepare and the impact TAKS has had on their school and family life.

Contributing Correspondent

Donna McCollum