101 Districts Will Not Calculate TCAP Scores In Students Final Grades

101 Districts Will Not Calculate TCAP Scores In Students Final Grades

CREATED May 22, 2014
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One hundred and one school districts are bypassing state law and will not factor TCAP scores into student's final grades. This after the state notified school directors that the scores would be delayed.

TCAP exams, taken in the third through eighth grades, are supposed to test what students have learned during the entire year. It's so important the law requires them to be factored into student’s grades, up to 20 percent.

“It's the last week of school for many, many teachers across the state,” Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford said. “This just throws a wrench in everything.”

Some districts like Metro Schools have been granted waivers, to ditch calculating the TCAP scores in student's final grades. The move saves thousands in extra postage and personnel costs that would be caused by a delay.

“We have about 35,000 children affected, so there will be a total of 140,000 separate grades that will be affected by this delay,” Metro Schools Spokesperson Meredith Libbey explained about how the delay could’ve impacted students.

Meanwhile, other districts are waiting.

“What I hear from teachers is that 8th grade graduation got canceled because they weren't sure what the grades were going to be for the 8th graders,” Summerford said.

The test scores could put a child whose grades are borderline over the hump. It could also do the opposite.

“Families trying to make decisions about summer school or summer learning opportunities and what their children need over the summer, it really just throws all of that up in the air,” Summerford added.

The state has apologized for the inconvenience citing the extra time allows for accuracy But the Tennessee Education Association said the delay highlights a bigger problem.

“The overall problem with this is that it shows there's so much weight with one test result,” Summerford added.

It's a test in accountability, not just reserved for schools. This time it's also applied to state education leaders.

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