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Tennessee test materials delayed in shipping, some results could change

Tennessee must recalibrate some of its most recent test results after paper assessment materials arrived late to its testing company due to pandemic-related shipping delays.
The state education department informed school superintendents Wednesday that some testing materials from Tennessee’s spring standardized assessment were not received from some districts in time to be included in the state’s report card and accountability systems.
It’s unclear how many districts, schools, grades, and students were affected, and whether or how much proficiency rates will change for some school systems.
A spokesman for the education department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, Shelby County Schools communications chief Jerica Phillips said the state’s largest district “doesn’t expect changes” for the Memphis school system.
Test results released in August from the 2020-21 school year showed overall student proficiency declined 5 percentage points since 2019, the last time the state administered standardized tests under the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, also known as TCAP. The post-pandemic showing marked a dramatic reversal of previous gains.
In an email to superintendents, the department said the assessment materials that arrived late to Pearson, its testing vendor, have now been scanned and scored.
“In addition to new scores being added, any materials not recovered for a complete score have now been invalidated,” wrote Rachael Maves, chief of preparation and performance.
Maves said the delayed scores will be incorporated when the state updates its online report card in late November. The update also will include growth scores that measure learning over time, regardless of whether students are proficient, through a state formula known as TVAAS, which stands for the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System.
Updated individual scores also will be available to educators and parents through the state’s online TCAP platforms, Maves said.
Under the state’s contract with Pearson, the vendor administered paper-and-pencil tests in 2020-21 but plans to transition high school students to online exams this school year.
This developing story will be updated.

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