Education in tennessee

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State K-12 education is funded through the Basic Education Program. The BEP is a funding plan not a spending plan. In other words, the state uses the BEP formula in order to determine how much money each district will receive but districts are not required to spend the money based on the state formula.

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TN Ready and Scoring Update

The Department of Education discusses the TN Ready Scoring

Update on TN Ready test scores and the error caught during the embargo period.

The Tennessee Department of Education has provided the following information to us concerning the testing error reported by the department

Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education proactively informed districts and educators about a TNReady EOC scoring issue. I know many of you have been contacted about this issue and I wanted to make sure you had the most accurate and up-to-date information to share with your constituents.

· The department conducts multiple data quality checks to ensure all assessment data is accurate and provides an embargo period for districts to closely review their data and report any concerns or questions to the department. During this embargo period, an error was discovered that Questar, our assessment vendor, investigated.

· When the potential error was found, Questar did an extensive review of the tests in question and all other tests. In total, 9,400 assessments out of 1.9 million, less than 1 percent of all assessments, were affected by this issue. Of the 9,400 impacted assessments less than 1,700 students had a change in performance level, 94% of which changed to a higher performance level.

· The assessments impacted were some English I & II and Integrated Math II end-of-course exams. Only 5 form versions of these end-of-course exams were scored incorrectly - out of 275 versions of the EOC tests administered across all content areas.

· Assessments for grades 3-8 were not impacted.

· The EOC scoring issue impacted about 70 schools (out of 1,800) in 33 districts (out of 146). Because relatively few – 0.3% –tests had performance level changes, there is no impact to the statewide results.

· The multiple quality checks in place at the vendor, state, and district levels prevented this error from impacting any accountability determinations.

· Additionally, the department will update the individual TVAAS growth measures for the 230 teachers who may be impacted by these student score changes for EOC. We are reaching out to those educators to let them know about this issue through TNCompass.

· Questar has taken full responsibility for the error and has correctly re-scored, at no cost to the state, the impacted assessments. The corrected results have already been returned to districts.

· The data quality process effectively identified this issue in partnership with districts and we will continue to conduct rigorous data quality checks going forward and will continue to be transparent in our reporting. Additionally, as the state moves to online assessments these types of data errors associated with the scanner programming will be less likely.

· Though we have reported more than 99 percent of grades 3-8 and EOC score data correctly, we expect 100 percent accuracy. We hold our vendor and ourselves to the highest standard of delivery because that is what students, teachers, and families in Tennessee deserve.

· Our educators work tirelessly to help students prepare for success and TNReady results help teachers, students, and parents learn about students’ strengths and areas for growth, and they provide specific feedback that can help parents understand how they can to best support their child.