HB1246/SB0753 – Would provide transparency of TCAP assessment “items”. – Byrd/Hensley

Bill Description

Present law requires the department of education to provide local education agencies (LEAs) with access to their students' Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and end-of-course assessment items and the students' answers on such assessments. Present law prohibits the inclusion of any items required by the department to validate future administrations of the assessments, items that are being field tested for future administrations of the assessments, or content if the release would be in violation of copyright infringement laws.

Notwithstanding the above provisions, this bill requires the department to release to each LEA and public school the following:

(1) 50 percent of the test questions along with each question's correct answer from the TCAP tests and end-of-course examinations administered to students in the 2019-2020 school year;
(2) 75 percent of the test questions along with the correct answers from the TCAP tests and end-of-course examinations administered to students in the 2020-2021 school year; and
(3) 100 percent of the test questions and correct answers from the TCAP tests and end-of-course examinations administered to students in the 2021-2022 school year and in all subsequent school years.

This bill requires the department to ensure that the test questions, along with each question's correct answer, are released to LEAs and public schools no later than 30 days after the texts and exams are scored.

TLRC Position

TLRC Observed Process

In testimony, members of the TN DOE discouraged passage of this bill, citing unaffordable expense of creating "new Items".
We feel transparency is not only warranted, but it is a God-given right that parents know what it is that their children are being taught and tested upon. We have reason to believe the TCAP is fatally biased to promote progressivism and degrade American values by denigrating her historic figures and events as oppressive and racist. It is essential that we have complete transparency of all instructional and testing material.
HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
Rec. for pass. if am., ref. to Finance, Ways, and Means Committee 4/10/2019 Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail
HOUSE CURRICULUM, TESTING, & INNOVATION SUBCOMMITTEE:
Rec for pass if am by s/c ref. to Education 4/2/2019 Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

Failed in Senate Education Committee 4/17/2019
Senators voting aye were: Crowe, Gresham, Hensley, Kelsey -- 4.
Senators voting no were: Dickerson, Lundberg -- 2.
Senators present and not voting were: Akbari, Bell, Haile -- 3.
If the senators "present and not voting" did their job, it might have passed.

Vote Result: Failed

Score: +5

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