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TCSC Statement: Governor's Call for Temporary Suspension of Accountability Measures for 2020-2021

October 16, 2020              

The following statement is issued by Dr. Maya Bugg, CEO, Tennessee Charter School Center, in reference to Gov. Bill Lee’s call for temporary suspension of accountability measures for the 2020-21 academic year 

At TCSC, we believe in the value a high quality statewide assessment can provide, especially in a time where identifying learning losses and any areas of widening achievement gaps is more critical than ever. We are also strongly committed to Tennessee's accountability model, but recognize the singular challenges this school year has presented for students and educators and the subsequent need to reevaluate what accountability looks like for 2020-2021. Our organization believes that families, students, and educators should have access to transparent, publicly available data from the TCAP assessment this school year in order to ensure all students can regain learning losses and move forward successfully. TCSC appreciates the Lee Administration's thoughtful approach to testing and accountability for this unprecedented school year and our team looks forward to working with the Administration and the General Assembly to ensure that public charter schools, along with their traditional public school counterparts, can gather valuable information about student learning as all educators and learners navigate this unique school year together.