Two years ago Abilene Independent School District moved several special education students from the Taks-Modified version to the Taks-Accommodated.
The results showed that some students did not perform as well on the Taks-Accommodated and it was difficult for them to make that leap.
"Quite a few of our students who did move up passed, about a third, but then there were a lot of those students who did move up who did not pass," says Davis.
Now the district is trying to provide those students who did not pass with extra remediation, more time, and more instruction on what they will be tested on.
"All students are expected to be on grade level and have access to grade level curriculum, as well as grade level tests."
All students, including those who qualify as special education students.
Davis explains, "It's causing some concern, and frustration in the district, in the state, in the nation, that's just where we are."
One of the issues is with the upcoming staar test that the district doesn't have much information about it yet, leaving AISD asking one particular question, "How can we create a system that best meets the needs of our kids?"
The STAAR test will only have three versions of it and guidelines are very specific on who is to take which and who is not.
Davis says, "What our challenge will be as we take this STAAR test this year is again, the standard, what is the standard that is going to be set? We don't know yet."
AISD and many other districts in the state are concerned about how the students in special education are going to perform.
"They feel as if these students are being pushed into a test that they're not ready for or unprepared," says Davis.
Although this new test will be much more difficult and challenging for students, Davis is sure AISD is headed in the right direction to achieve success.
He says, "I'm excited when I go into some of those classes that kids are achieving at a level that we never thought that they could achieve before."