Tennessee state lawmakers pass bill dropping testing requirements

(WMC Action News 5)
Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 6:21 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 19, 2020 at 6:22 PM CDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday waiving several requirements for all Tennessee schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the tornadoes in middle Tennessee.

The bill includes the following changes to requirements:

  • Allow schools to end their school year without 180 days of instruction.
  • Suspend the requirement for the 2019-20 spring administration of the TNReady and end-of-course assessments. Schools and districts would be allowed to continue with testing if they choose, but none would be required.
  • Teacher evaluations, student final grades and school district assessments would be unaffected by any testing, unless including a score leads to a higher grade.

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