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 the document labeled TAC §74.1027.pdf or in the Texas Administrative Code §74.1027.
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.
Alternate Assessment Standards
*To use SAT Critical Reading and Writing assessments, a student must meet the score requirements for both components.
†To use ACT Reading and English assessments or Reading and Combined English and Writing assessments, a student must meet the score requirements for both components.
**To use TSI English language arts assessments, a student must meet the score requirements for all three components.
‡To use STAAR English II combined, a student must be a former TAKS or TAAS examinee who has not passed the ELA or both the reading and writing components, respectively.
***To use only the reading or writing component of STAAR English II combined, a student must be a former examinee who has not passed one of these components.
††Because scale scores do not exist for each component (reading and writing) of STAAR English II combined, passing scores for each component can only be provided as raw scores.