SB 1623/HB1981 Summary

The House and Sen­ate con­fer­ence com­mit­tee rec­om­mend­ed the fol­low­ing amend­ments be adopt­ed. This mea­sure passed in the House (84–1) and in the Sen­ate (24–1) on Thurs­day April 19th, 2018. 

  1. If there is an unsuc­cess­ful admin­is­tra­tion through the fault of the provider:
    1. An inci­dent report must be pro­vid­ed to the Depart­ment and to dis­tricts affect­ed. The inci­dent report must provide reme­di­a­tion plans that will result in reportable scores. If pos­si­ble, the ven­dor will reim­burse the dis­trict for any tests that result invalid or unre­portable and shall give stu­dents impact­ed by mis­ad­min­is­tra­tion the oppor­tu­ni­ty to retake the test free of charge. 
    2. If the ven­dor fails to respond as above, the state can con­sid­er this a breach of con­tract and this can result in the state no longer using the ven­dor.
  2. Each local board of edu­ca­tion can choose between 0% and 15% that scores from 2017–2018 TNReady will count for stu­dents final grades in spring semes­ter.
  3. Stu­dent per­for­mance and stu­dent growth data from 2017–2018 TNReady shall not be used to assign a let­ter grade to a school.
  4. Stu­dent per­for­mance and stu­dent growth data from 2017–2018 TNReady shall not be used to iden­ti­fy a school as a pri­or­i­ty school or to assign a school to the achieve­ment school dis­trict.
  5. For 2017–2018, dis­tricts can­not base employ­ment ter­mi­na­tion and com­pen­sa­tion deci­sions for teach­ers based on data from 2017–2018 TNReady assess­ments and scores. 

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