MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Tennessee students in elementary and middle school will have a greater stake in the scores they earn on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests that start this week.
This is the first year that those scores will make up between 15 percent and 25 percent of the second-semester grades for students. Tennessee legislators wanted students to be just as accountable for those grades as their teachers, whose evaluations depend on how well students do on the tests.
The Commercial Appeal reports the exams start Tuesday in Memphis and Shelby County schools systems and in those districts, the exams will count for 15 percent of the second-semester grades.
Tennessee schools must increase the number of students proficient in each subject between 3 percent and 5 percent each year.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com