Haslam says state is looking into 'last minute' aspects of TCAP

Haslam says state is looking into 'last minute' aspects of TCAP grading

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"It is fair to say, 'Why this at the last minute,' and we will definitely work on that," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "It is fair to say, 'Why this at the last minute,' and we will definitely work on that," Gov. Bill Haslam said.
By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - 6 News asked Gov. Haslam how the state is responding to the failure to grade TCAPs in time for many school districts, leaving report cards delayed for students across the state.

The state announced Friday the TCAP quick scores are ready, but they still missed the deadline for many counties, including Knox County.

In a letter to Tennessee superintendents, Assistant Commissioner for Data and Research Erin O'Hara said external experts signed off on the accuracy and validity of the results and they wanted to get them to the schools systems as quickly as possible.

Read more: Letter to Tennessee superintendents


When questioned, Haslam did not specifically direct the blame for the delay on any one agency or one person but said the state is looking into how the failure happened.

"It is fair to say, 'Why this at the last minute,' and we will definitely work on that," Haslam said.

“It's not that we were unprepared,” Haslam continued. “We actually have a third party group that helps verify the tests and their philosophy has always been let's make sure we get them right before we send them out."

Previous story: Knox County report cards delayed, TCAP scores won't factor in final grades


A spokesperson for Gov. Haslam said the third party is the Technical Advisory Committee, which is separate from the Tennessee Department of Education.

The TCAPs have been just one of several controversies stemming from the educational system this year.

In his state of the state address, Haslam said he planned to raise teacher pay but just months later said the budget did not allow for the raises.

Previous story: Knox County Schools to receive less state funding than projected

Earlier this month, Knox County schools learned the BEP funding from the state was almost $3 million less than expected.

"One of our responsibilities to the state is to provide equal education opportunity and because counties don't have equal funding capacity, it means that there will be some counties inevitably that will pay more than they will bring in," Haslam said about Knox County giving more than it receives from BEP funding.
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