State denies TCAP/EOC test corrections, boards to meet for discussion
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
The Tennessee State Department of Education has denied a request from the Williamson County Schools Board of Education to reopen the demographics coding error correction window.
As a result, the Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools District will hold a joint work session Thursday, Aug. 29 to discuss the TDOE's decision.
The districts argue that because Metro Nashville Public Schools were given an exception by the state to correct errors, all districts should be treated equally. For previous story, see http://www.williamsonherald.com/home?id=84362
At the last WCS work session and school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney said that if the state did not comply in reopening the code correction window for all state districts, he could pursue legal action.
A formal resolution was even passed by the WCS school board Aug.19 asking the state to reconsider the matter.
“It’s not about money but setting the record straight. The integrity of data is paramount,” Looney said.
Also, on Aug.16, WCS Attorney Bill Squires sent a letter to the state department of education upon the direction of Looney and the WCS school board in an effort to convince the state to reopen the TCAP/EOC demographics coding error correction window.
In a letter dated August 20, from Christy Ballard, an attorney for the Tennessee Department of Education, TDOE rejected the requests.
Due to demographic coding errors, WCS EOC scores of the Hispanic subpopulation do not reflect the group’s true academic performance, Looney explained at the board work session Aug. 15.
Dr. David Snowden, FSSD director of schools, also previously submitted an appeal to the state requesting to change demographic coding errors but was denied. Subpopulations affected in FSSD were multiple subpopulations.
However, the state refuses to allow WCS or FSSD to correct the error, which could propel the districts to take legal action.
“The joint meeting allows members of both boards to discuss the coding errors related to demographic data and state test scores and the appeal process for school districts,” said Dr. David Snowden, FSSD director of schools.
“We will let the discussion by the boards determine what is accomplished.”
The meeting will be held at the Williamson County Administrative Complex, 1320 W. Main St., at 6:30 p.m. in the Carolyn Campbell Conference Room.
Posted on: 8/26/2013