ERIC Number: ED226066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Texas Assessment of Basic Skills: As Reported by the Commissioner of Education. Submitted to the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Sixty-Eighth Legislature. Texas Education Code [16.176(e)].
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Summary reports and student performance results from the Texas statewide assessment of minimum basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics are presented. The Texas Assessment of Basic Skills (TABS) was developed in 1979 to provide support for educationally disadvantaged children. Criterion-referenced tests are administered to students in third, fifth, and ninth grades. Many 10th and 11th grade students who have not previously attained mastery are administered exit level tests. The program and mastery levels are determined by the state legislature. Over all, the 1982 performance of Texas students improved over 1980 and 1981 performances. Differences between ethnic minority groups, and between minority and majority populations decreased. The background, measurement instruments, and reporting methodology of TABS are described. Student performance data for each grade and skill, and summary aggregations of data, are presented with TABS findings. The results for selected demographic groups are shown. The appendices include the basic skills objectives; a scoring guide for written composition; percentages of student mastery according to demographic and program variables; and summary reports on first-time tested and retested students in grades 9 through 11, and limited and nonlimited English proficient students. (CM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Educational Assessment, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Evaluation Criteria, Mastery Tests, Mathematics Skills, Minority Groups, Reading Skills, State Programs, Test Results, Testing Programs, Writing Skills
Publications Distribution Office, Texas Education Agency, 201 E. Eleventh St., Austin, TX 78701. ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers: Texas Assessment of Basic Skills
Note: Paper copy not available due to small print.