Weather delays TCAPs for Blue Grass Elementary

(WBIR-West Knoxville) The overnight storms caused many problems during the morning rush, and schools were no exception, especially during the week of required TCAP testing.

This week is the state-mandated date for the third through eighth grade examination, but five Knox County schools had no power on day two of the testing. Four of the schools had their lights back on around the time of class -- Blue Grass Elementary was the exception.

"There is flexibility. We have a six-day window for four days of testing, so there is some leeway in the event that we have a day like today," said Knox County Schools' Chief Academic Officer Elizabeth Alves.

Individual schools, not a school district, can decide when to delay testing, when events -- like weather -- could cause problems for testing. District leaders cite no air conditioning and lights as the main reason to hold off on testing for one day.

"This is the opportunity for our students to shine and show what they've learned throughout the school year. So we want to do out best to make sure they have an optimal testing environment," Alves added.

TCAP testing will be on its third day Wednesday for every other school in Knox County; those schools will be done on Thursday. Blue Grass will go through Friday.

This "school-by-school discretion" does not apply to just TCAPs; principals could also delay testing for the K-2 Achievement Assessment, which starts next week.


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