The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills–Modified (TAKS–M) is an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards designed for students who meet participation requirements and who are receiving special education services. TAKS–M has been designed to meet federal requirements mandated under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. According to federal regulations, all students, including those receiving special education services, will be assessed on grade-level curriculum. TAKS–M covers the same grade-level content as TAKS, but TAKS–M tests have been changed in format (e.g., larger font, fewer items per page) and test design (e.g., fewer answer choices, simpler vocabulary and sentence structure). Beginning in the 2011–2012 school year, TAKS–M will be available only for students who are enrolled in grade 10 or 11.
Eligible students enrolled in grades 3 through 8 and students entering grade 9 will be administered STAAR™ Modified beginning in the 2011–2012 school year. For information about STAAR Modified, visit the STAAR Modified Resources webpage.
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