published Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Gov. Haslam defends decision to delay Tennessee student assessment scores

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores.

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.

"I think the importance of getting those numbers right is critical," he said. "We would hate to ... send out report cards everywhere and then call them back in."

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