- The results show that their reforms and Common Core aren't working?
- The results show that charter schools are performing worse than public schools?
- The results show that the Achievement School District won't be moving test scores from the bottom 5% to the top 25% of the state, as they promised to do?
- They need more time for their fancy new PR firm (that the TNDOE just hired with our public tax dollars) to put a polished, positive spin on the bad scores?
- They don't want parents upset that their children's report cards were negatively impacted from the TCAP delay and Huffman's illegal waivers?
- They don't want local school boards to see the real results of charter schools in their district to be able to vote on their futures before the new school year starts?
- They are protecting certain charter schools that have ties to politicians and their friends? (like Tony Bennett did in Indiana)
- It is an election year for Governor Haslam and he's already had so much negative publicity?
- They didn't want the negative news to be announced when all the Governors met in Nashville last week?
- They don't want the negative news to cloud the big Koch brothers reform party next week in Nashville?
- They're waiting for Huffman to get back from Las Vegas, NV where is is currently at the Teach For America Conference and the extravagant TFA Awards ceremony. Huffman is being honored for the lucrative $6.7 million no-bid contract he signed for TN with Teach For America using our tax dollars. (By the way, Tennessee spends more money per Teach for America recruit than any other state, but we cannot even afford to give our qualified, experienced teachers a 2% raise as Governor Haslam promised was his top budget priority last fall.)
Tennessee deserves testing TRANSPARENCY.
We, as parents, should be able to see the test questions our children are forced to answer.
Teachers should be able to see the questions that their evaluations and jobs are so heavily based upon.
The public is entitled to know the results of these tests that we paid for.
Commissioner Huffman is hiding something. What is it? Will anyone find out? or will the test results be quietly released the Friday before the next holiday weekend?
One thing is for certain: This secrecy undermines public trust.