Results from the recent Tennessee standardized tests will not be factored into the final report card scores for students attending Rutherford County Schools this year, in accordance with state rules and regulations.
While the school district is expecting to receive the scores for all students soon, those scores will not be delivered to the district before the final five days of the school year, which is the state's threshold for requiring the scores to be factored into final grades.
Rutherford County Schools' final day of the academic year is Friday, May 26.
Richard Zago, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, tells NewsRadio WGNS they don't believe this is an issue with the testing system. He says the tests were taken with paper and pencil this year and went much smoother than the previous year. However, Zago adds, by taking the tests on paper, it takes the state longer to scan and score them.
The scores will still be used to measure progress of schools, teachers and to help place students in advanced programs, such as the magnet schools, and honors courses once they are received from the state.
Zago adds next year, the high schools will be moving to pure online testing, and they'll receive instant results and scores. He says they want to ensure students know that these tests are important measurement tools, and they should continue to make their best effort knowing these assessments factor into their final grades.