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Waiver granted in TCAP scoring delay

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The TCAP testing your child took this spring won’t be a part of their school grade, the Tennessee Department of Education announced Tuesday, noting that a postponement was in effect due to an elimination of student indicators, which did not align with the Common Core Standards.  
In a letter to state superintendents Tuesday, assistant commissioner for data and research, Erin O’Hara, wrote, "We recognize that delaying quick score release has an impact on finalizing student grades and report cards, and apologize for the inconvenience for you and your teams."
The scores, which were to account for 16 percent of a second semester average of the final grade, were tied to students' final grades in a 2010 statute.
Although no provision was made, education commissioner Kevin Huffman stated on Wednesday that districts could apply for a waiver.
 Director of Schools Dr. Buddy Bibb requested and was granted the waiver Wednesday afternoon.
In a letter to Dr. Bibb, Commissioner Huffman wrote, “I have received Tipton County School System’s recent request for a waiver from Tenn. Code Ann. §49-1-617. Pursuant to my authority under Tenn. Code Ann. §49-1-201(d), I hereby grant this waiver for the 2013-14 school year.”
John Combs, director of instruction for Tipton County Schools, said that report cards will be given out as scheduled, but that TCAP scores will not be calculated into the final averages of students in grades 3-8.

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