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Thousands of Tennessee assessment tests scored incorrectly

Because TVAAS teacher assessment scores partially rely on student test results, the scores for about 230 educators statewide will need to be recalculated. (Image: MGN)

Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly.

The Commercial Appeal reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored.

Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly tallied tests actually ended up with a different overall score.

State spokeswoman Sara Gast says the errors did not affect the statewide results.

Because TVAAS teacher assessment scores partially rely on student test results, the scores for about 230 educators statewide will need to be recalculated.

Questar Assessment, the company that administers and scores TNReady tests apologized for the errors in a statement.

Gast says the scores are due to Questar incorrectly updating its scanning software.

Tennessee Department of Education spokesman Chandler Hopper tells us the schools affected in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area affected by this are Bradley County Schools and Hamilton County Schools.

Hamilton County Department of Education spokeswoman Amy Katcher says the schools affected in Hamilton County are Lookout Valley Middle/High, Red Bank High and Ivy Academy.

Bradley County Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash released a statement saying that three schools in the county were affected by the scoring error - Bradley Central, Walker Valley, and Bradley County Virtual School.

Dr. Cash says the only subject affected was Integrated Math 2, with the error involving 402 students, but only 55 students having corrections that changed their performance levels. Cash says nine teachers were impacted by the recent events, and they are waiting their revised TVAAS scores to see if the changes were significant enough to change their individual growth score.

Cash says the school district will be reviewing revised accountability data at the teacher, school, and district levels for growth and achievement.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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