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August 25, 2017
The early data is in. Tennessee scores dropped for grades 3-8, too.
Calling it a "reset moment," state officials review preliminary TNReady data with the State Board of Education.
October 13, 2016
Here’s a preview of how students fared on Tennessee’s new TNReady test
A month before scores are to be released, state officials offer a glimpse, saying that the results are worse than the previous year, as expected with a new test.
October 14, 2015
Test format questions hold up state board vote on ISTEP passing scores
Last-minute questions about differences in the 2015 online and paper-pencil ISTEP tests postponed a state board vote to set passing scores on the exams today.
October 12, 2015
State board decision Wednesday could mean a big drop in ISTEP passing rates
If the state board grants its approval, ISTEP test passing rates could plummet by about 16 percentage points in English and 24 percentage points in math compared to 2014.
October 7, 2015
The science of setting ISTEP’s passing scores relies on a lot of judgment calls
The first step of determining ISTEP passing scores begins with educators making a carefully considered guess. The process is widely accepted as valid, but still falls well short of scientific.
August 12, 2015
Some teacher tests get lower passing scores, will ISTEP follow?
The process to decide teacher licensure test passing rates is very similar to the process for determining ISTEP passing scores
June 1, 2015
Education officials criss-cross state to clarify, apologize for TCAP flap
Shelby County teachers pack a Memphis union hall, seeking answers amid confusion over this year's state achievement test scores and calling for greater transparency.
November 1, 2011
UFT survey details how years of budget cuts hurt city schools
Union officials presented findings from a survey outside P.S. 1 in Chinatown today. Years of budget cuts have slashed academic programs, increased class sizes, and shortchanged teachers of classroom supplies, according to results of a survey conducted by the United Federation of Teachers. The cuts hit after-school programs and elementary class sizes particularly hard, according to the survey's findings, which were compiled from anecdotal accounts from UFT chapter leaders at more than half of the city's roughly 1,700 schools. The city's budget environment has been grim since the start of the economic recession in 2008. As the city's costliest agency, the Department of Education – and especially its individual school budgets – has shouldered a hefty burden of the cuts. This year, Chancellor Dennis Walcott cut school budgets by an average of 2.4 percent, or $178 million. That followed 4 percent cuts in 2010. The survey confirms what the UFT had already known – and what the DOE had already had acknowledged – about class sizes: They are up. In September, a UFT study reported that 7,000 classes citywide were too crowded. Three out of four elementary schools reported that class sizes were on the rise, with some classes increasing by more than 10 students, according to one anecdote.
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