Should Texas test goals set sights higher for students?

08/17/2009 | Dallas Morning News (free registration), The

Many schools have a pass rate of more than 90% on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, but that shouldn't be the measure of school achievement, say some Texas education officials and parents who would like to see more students reach "commended" level on the TAKS. "If you pass the TAKS test, that's the floor, not the ceiling," said Dallas schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. The state is looking to implement a new accountability system in 2013 to emphasize mastery of subject matter.

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