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A Call for Testing Transparency in Tennessee

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 As parents, voters, and citizens of Tennessee, we believe these principles should guide Tennessee testing policy going forward:


1. The process for determining cut scores should be clear and cut scores should be set and released before tests are administered.

2. Tests must be transparent. Questions and answers should be available within a reasonable time after test administration.

3. Standardized test scores should not be counted as a portion of a student’s final grade.

4. Standardized test scores should not be used in teacher evaluation.

We believe these principles are fair and represent what parents want: Fair tests used to assess student learning relative to standards. By adopting these principles and the policies they would necessitate, we can return testing to its rightful place as one of many tools used to improve
education, instead of the ultimate measure of student and teacher performance.   

It’s imperative that we move toward testing transparency – access to the questions and answers on the standardized tests – in order to ensure the tests are reliable and valid assessments of the standards being tested.
We’re calling on the Department of Education to take immediate action to address these concerns.

Groups participating in this network include:

TREE (Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence)
Strong Schools (Sumner County)
Williamson Strong (Williamson County)
SPEAK (Knox County)
SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment)
Momma Bears (Statewide)
Advocates for Change in Education (Hamilton County)
Concerned Parents of Franklin County (Franklin County)
The Dyslexia Spot (Statewide)
Parents of Wilson County, TN (Wilson County)
Schools Friends of Oak Ridge Schools (City of Oak Ridge Schools) TNBATs (State branch of National BATs)
Gideon's Army, Grassroots Army for Children (Nashville)
East Nashville United (Nashville)
Tennessee Against Common Core (Statewide)

 



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