RISD students begin TAKS exams in March
Students in Rockdale ISD will begin the 2010 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exams next month, according to Cathy Ormsby, RISD assessment coordinator.
On March 3, students in grades four and seven will take the writing exam, students in grade 9 will take the reading exam, and grades 10 and 11 (exit level TAKS exam) will take the TAKS English Language Arts exam.
Ormsby said students scheduled for TAKS-Accommodated or TAKS-M will also test in the above grade levels and subjects. Additional TAKS exams are scheduled later in spring.
Exit level re-tests
“The TAKS exit level retest exams will also be administered to students needing to attain mastery prior to graduation from RHS,” she said.
Exit level retest exams are scheduled for Monday, March 1, in social studies, Wednesday March 3 in ELA, Thursday, March 4, in math and Friday, March 5 in science.
“Parents sould check w ith their child’s teacher to identify the need for any additional assistance prior to testing this spring,” she said.
All campuses continue to have tutorials available and it is important that parents make certain that students are attending any recommended sessions. Campuses are also notif y ing parents of other TAKS activities scheduled throughout the spring, Ormsby said.
Fourth grade students at Rockdale Intermediate will participate in a TAKS Writing Camp during the last week of February. This year’s theme is Survivor-TAKS Island.
“Each morning students will participate in scheduled competitions and then respond to TAKS writing prompts. In the afternoon, students will rotate among teachers to review different grammar and w riting techniques,” Pam Kaufmann, intermediate principal, said.
“Rockdale Intermediate students and teachers are working hard to maintain or exceed the Recognized level of performance we achieved last school year,” she said.
High performance levels on our state assessments mean our students are learning the skills necessary to be successful in secondary school, higher education, and in the workplace. We are so proud to have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our students,” Kaufmann said.
RJH writing camp
The junior-high campus has scheduled a seventh grade TAKS Writing camp for March 1 with participating students rotating in small groups through specific content objectives.
The junior high also continues TAKS tutorials scheduled during Tiger Time and after school for specific skill development.
RJH Principal, April Eschberger, has set high expectations.
“Our students will be successful on the TAKS writing exam,” she said, “Students and teachers have been working throughout the year on all seventh grade skills related to reading and writing.”
Writing benchmark results were very promising and have been used to establish the direction for tutorials and enrichment activities.,” she said. “We have set high expectations for all students in TAKS writing.”
RHS English plans
“The Rockdale High School English Department has been working hard to prepare students for the upcoming reading/ELA TAKS tests,” Ormsby said.
She noted that freshmen have been working on short answer skills for open-ended responses. Sophomores are f ine tuning short answer response skills and are also preparing for the essay component of the EL A TAKS test.
“Juniors are addressing their writing skills, focusing on peer analysis of written work and skills required for responding to the triplets on the ELA TAKS exam,” Ormsby said.
“Our outstanding teachers, Linda King, Karen Muston, Julia Alford and Cayce Stevenson are working very hard to prepare RHS students to not only pass the test, but to score at the commended level,” RHS Principal Chad Jones said.
“We are ver y proud of the work put in by the students and teachers and we look forward to being very successful on these tests,” he added.