Tennessee education commissioner explains ban on public review o

Tennessee education commissioner explains ban on public review of TCAPs

Kevin Huffman (source: State of Tennessee) Kevin Huffman (source: State of Tennessee)
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Several parents and teachers have reached out to 6 News expressing frustration over a state law banning public review of the TCAP exams.

That ban means parents and teachers are not permitted to view the questions or answers on the test even after it has been administered.

6 News reported about an error found in a fourth grade math TCAP sample question, leading some parents to question the accuracy of the rest of the test.

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"Under the law in Tennessee, we have to keep certain items for use in future tests because you want to have some items that are used in multiple years of tests,” Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said.

“There are a fair number of items that actually get reused but it's not known what items will be reused until those tests get created, so if you put the test items out, you can't reuse the items,” Huffman continued. “If you can't reuse the items, then you can't compare the results from one year to the next to see if the results are accurate."

6 News asked Huffman whether there have been other errors found in the TCAPs, and he said to the best of his knowledge, there have not been other errors during his time in the department since 2011. He said he cannot speak to the long history of the exams.

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