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Announcement on PARCC Assessments

STEP, Inc.
has an ongoing mission to provide accurate timely and accurate information to families to build their knowledge and skill base. As part of this effort, STEP has been working with the Tennessee Department of Education to ensure that families have multiple opportunities to learn about changes that may affect their children with disabilities.

The following message is from Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations, Joey Hassell, Tennessee Department of Education.

After much discussion, the Common Core state standards in language arts and math will remain in place, which is great news for our students. However, the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment has been tabled for the 2014-15 school year. We will give TCAP and EOC (end of course) assessments in reading, writing and math. We will also run a clean and transparent RFP (request for proposal) process to select our assessment for 2015-16 and beyond.

The Tennessee Department of Education is in the process of looking at all of the issues implicated by the recent legislation.  Within the next few weeks, the Department of Education will communicate more information related to assessments and accommodations for 2014-2015. 

STEP will keep you posted on further communications related to assessments and accommodations. 

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