Fewer fifth-graders pass math TAKS on first try

April 29, 2008 4:49:39 PM PDT
The number of Texas fifth-graders who passed the math portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills on their first attempt declined slightly this year, with 83 percent passing the test earlier this month.he number is down from 85 percent last year.

The number of eighth-graders passing the test on their first attempt improved to 75 percent this year.

Students in those two grades must pass the math and reading exams to be promoted to the next grade.

"A majority of our fifth- and eighth-grade students deserve our congratulations because they have met this important promotion requirement but, clearly, we have more work to do to help all students pass the math exam," Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said Tuesday.

Students who did not pass the fifth- and eighth-grade math exam will have two opportunities to retake the test.

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