Public school parents in Nashville will be surprised to find no TCAP scores included as planned with final report cards coming home today (last day of school). In a memo last Friday, MNPS
Coordinator of Student Assessment Paul Changas informed principals and administrators that because of later TCAP test dates this year, the state would not finish its score processing in time. No district is expected to have scores ready before sometime in June at the earliest.
MNPS spokesman Woody McMillin tells the Scene
that little is known about how long the delay actually will be, and no decisions have been made about how test results will eventually be conveyed to parents. He says a mailing to parents is possible, although if the delay drags on long enough it could mean in-school distribution in the fall after school restarts.
With 72,000 students in the system, a mailing to parents in place of in-school report card distribution would certainly cost the district thousands of dollars. And for some parents, this year's test scores are needed for student placement in fall classes at the next grade level, so this delay is more than just an administrative inconvenience.
Meanwhile, as the Tennessean reports
, Mayor Purcell this morning proposed an 84-cent increase in the property tax rate and a half-cent increase in the local sales tax. His budget would fund an increase of $30 million in the schools budget (totalling $540 million; the school board requested $573 million).