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Harwell leads House to hold teachers harmless for testing data

NASHVILLE – As the 110th General Assembly began to wrap up its business for the year yesterday, Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and the House of Representatives fought for a last-minute provision in an education bill to hold teachers completely harmless for the student achievement data generated from the 2017-2018 TNReady assessments.

“I am proud we were able to pass this legislation to protect teachers before adjourning for the year,” said Speaker Harwell. “We want accountability for our schools, but we need to ensure that the system is working properly before we use that data to grade performance.”

Specifically, the measure that passed will not allow any adverse action to be taken against student, teacher, school, or local school district based, in whole or in part, on student achievement data generated from the TNReady assessment this year.

Speaker Harwell and House Government Operations Committee Chairman Jeremy Faison earlier this week asked the Comptroller to review the contract with testing vendor Questar and report the findings back to the committee.

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