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 an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for OIT. Since 1996, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through managing the SMU STAR Program and now as part of OIT's Customer Service Team. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family.  
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