This site was designed by graduate students of the University of
Houston as a curriculum project. Its primary objective is to investigate
the criterion-referenced Texas Assessment of Academic Skills Test
(TAAS) and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum
that guides the test.
Students working individually and jointly have attempted to investigate
certain questions that will hopefully give rise to public discussion
concerning standardized testing and it's role in a democratic society.
Student had to decide:
- What questions about the TAAS and TEKS were important?
- What evidence supported the importance and value of TAAS and
- And, how was TEKS and TAAS helping schools develop citizens
who have the "habits of heart and mind" to participate
fully in a democratic society?
The goal of this website is to awaken public awareness and
of our educational system and the democratic process in the United