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Tenn. Dept. of Education apologizes for not communicating changes in test score calculations


NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The Tennessee Department of Education has apologized for failing to communicate changes in how it calculated test scores this year.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1MksyuV ) the changes resulted in better-than-expected scores and may not be an indicator of overall student improvement.

Now, the department is holding meetings across the state with superintendents, principals and others to clear up the recent confusion.

The issue stemmed from how the department calculated "quick scores." These are the scores educators in grades 3-8 are legally required to incorporate into a student's final grade.

Spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Education Ashley Ball says the decision was not widely communicated and has been a source of confusion for districts and educators.

The accountability data will officially be released statewide in June.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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