Haslam defends decision to delay TCAP scores

Haslam defends decision to delay TCAP scores

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores.

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The Department of Education had informed school superintendents that the delay in TCAP scores was needed because of a change in assessments. The scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8.

However, the department decided to release scores last Friday after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results.

Haslam told reporters after a speech in Nashville on Wednesday that the state wanted to err on the side of caution and not send out wrong information to districts.

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