Students Struggle with TAKS’ Short-Response Written Test


Dallas-Fort Worth students struggle with TAKS’ short-response written test
09:16 AM CDT on Sunday, July 20, 2008
By LAURIE FOX and HOLLY K. HACKER / The Dallas Morning News

Kids today are whizzes at text-messaging.

But when they’re asked to craft a well-thought-out answer based on a short piece they’ve read, many are all thumbs.

A small part of the high school language arts TAKS tests has become a sinkhole for even the state’s best students.

Three short-response questions require students to stretch their brains by generating clear, reasonable ideas from a reading selection.

Then they must support those ideas with evidence from the text in a well-written response.

It’s a challenge that’s vexing high school students and their teachers.

Read the full article at http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/072008dnmettaksscores.443a381.html

About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and for much of his career at the University had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at http://ianaberle.com.

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