Texans who failed TAKS now eligible for high school diplomas

Jul 15, 2019 by

Elizabeth Owens-Nelson overcame personal challenges as she worked toward graduation from Fort Worth’s Southwest High School in 2007.

She was supposed to be Class of 2008, but she became pregnant her junior year. She juggled her impending motherhood and academics through an accelerated program offered by Fort Worth schools. That’s how she ended up on track to get her high school diploma a year early.

“I was pretty much putting myself through hell to make a better life for me and my son,” Owens-Nelson said, recalling how hard she worked to earn her credits as a teen mother.

In April 2007, she failed the exit-level math test that was part of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS. That was the state’s former high-stakes tests for public school students. It was later replaced by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR.

Under Texas rules, seniors had to pass exit-level TAKS tests in reading/English language arts, math, social studies and science to get their diplomas.

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