DALLAS - It's that time of year for students across North Texas. The TAKS test is under way for students from third through tenth grade this week.
For some kids, standardized tests aren't easy, which is where one retired teacher and her program comes in. TAKS Kids Schoolhouse Game is the work of a North Texas woman on a mission. The board game is a learning tool to help students study for the TAKS test.
The game was developed by a Janice Stahl, a retired teacher from Bedford whose classroom career spanned more than three decades.
"I had a student that just said he couldn't do anymore worksheets for the TAKS review, so couldn't I come up with something different?" she said.
Stahl listened and developed the game. So far, she has sold the game, which requires players to get from the schoolhouse to recess by answering questions similar to those on the TAKS test, to 300 districts in Texas.
Like with any board game, there are obstacles and rewards along the way. The "TAKS monster" can set you back, and "Jumpin' Jaycee" can move you ahead.
"If i landed on a joker, then I get to read a joke from the joke stack," Stahl said. "Kids love that."
For students, like 10-year-old Sydney Williams, the game provides an alternative to the grind of boring book work.
"It's really fun and you'll learn a lot from it with these cards," the student said.
Stahl said the game will be tweaked when the STARS testing starts in 2012.