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TN Education Department apologizes for changes in test scoring

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NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - More than a dozen education advocacy groups are calling for more transparency from the Tennessee Department of Education after it failed to communicate a change it made in the way a student's test score is calculated.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1MksyuV) reports the issue is over "quick scores," the scores educators in grades 3-8 are legally required to incorporate into a student's final grade.

A quick score is generated from a student's Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program raw score, or the number of questions a student answered correctly.

In the past, quick scores have been tied specifically to proficiency levels, but the department stopped that practice this year.

State education officials acknowledged the decision wasn't "widely communicated" and are holding meetings across the state with superintendents, principals and others to answer questions.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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