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Tennessee Education Department Criticized Over Test Score Change

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Jun 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:37:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- More than a dozen education advocacy groups have been calling for more transparency from the Tennessee Department of Education after it failed to communicate a change it made in the way a student's test score is calculated.

According to reports, the issue was over "quick scores," the scores educators in grades 3-8 have been legally required to incorporate into a student's final grade.

A quick score has been generated from a student's Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program raw score, or the number of questions a student answered correctly.

In the past, quick scores have been tied specifically to proficiency levels, but the department stopped that practice this year.

State education officials acknowledged the decision wasn't "widely communicated" and were holding meetings across the state with superintendents, principals, and others to answer questions. 

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