TN Dept of Education Delays Plan To Score Public Schools For Fifth Straight Year

Aug 29, 2022 | Political News

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn informed school districts last week that the TDOE will once again delay giving Tennessee’s 1,800 plus public schools A-F scores that indicates their academic effectiveness.

In a letter to Tennessee School Districts, acquired by Chalkbeat Tennessee, Schwinn stated her decision was based on an inconsistency in data caused by three straight years of disruptions by the pandemic.

She stated that there has been uneven participation rates of students taking the TCAP tests and that the State relies heavily on those test results viewed over several years when evaluating the effectiveness of districts, schools, teachers and overall student growth.

Further, Schwinn stated that nearly a quarter of Tennessee public schools did not reach the 95% national standard of student participation in standardized state testing during the 2020-2021 school year.