Testing begins this week

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

TAKS time has come for the students of Alice ISD, and school officials say the test's significance cannot be understated.

"At this point, all ninth, 10th and 11th grade students will be tested on the Reading/English Language Arts portion of the TAKS," Director of Secondary Education Amy Koenning said Friday. "For 11th grade students, this is an exit level test, and they will need to pass in order to graduate next year."

Not only is the test itself an important indicator on how well students will do on the exit test, Koenning said, it also affects the school's performance rating on Adequate Yearly Progress results, which demand at least 96 percent attendance on Tuesday.

"For the ninth and 10th grade, this exam is a good indicator on how students will do on the exit, but it's also important for all students to be there for the TAKS," Koenning said. "For AYP, all 10th grade students need to be there, at least 96 percent attendance. If not, it will be an issue because we could be considered a low-performing school due to participation numbers."

Those 12th grade students who have already passed the TAKS test do not need to show up early on Tuesday morning. The testing is only for ninth, 10th and 11th grade students and 12th grade students needing to retest.

Seniors who have already passed the test, should come in for fourth period, beginning at 10:46 a.m., according to the school district's Web site.

Student in the seventh grade at William Adams Middle School will take the TAKS Writing test on Tuesday morning, as will all fourth grade students in the district.

All fifth grade and third grade students will be taking the TAKS Reading test Tuesday morning.

Koenning had several suggestions for students and parents to prepare for the big tests on Tuesday.

"It's important for parents to show support for their children by giving them a good night's rest and breakfast in the morning. We will also have breakfast available in the morning for students, because the brain works much better when it's fed. It is also important that all students come to school on time for the TAKS."