Nearly Half of Texas Students Fail New Achievement Test

January 1991
Education Week;1/9/1991, Vol. 10 Issue 16, p4
The article reports that around half of Texas Students failed to pass the new achievement test. About half of the state's 5th-, 7th-, and 9th-graders failed the test, with students in 3rd grade and high-school juniors faring better, with success rate being 67 percent and 68 percent, respectively. Taken by about 1.4 million children, the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills required students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities. While the high-school results were the most promising of all grade levels, nearly one-third of the juniors must repeat the test.


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