Tennessee OKs Grad Test Appeals

K-12 Testing

Tennessee legislators have passed a law authorizing the Board of Education to allow students who narrowly miss passing the state graduation test a chance to earn test bonus points based on their classroom performance.


Passage was due largely to the efforts of one parent, Regina Crockett, whose special needs daughter had not passed the test and was facing denial of a diploma, even though she was an honor roll student. Crockett worked to obtain sponsors and to educate lawmakers.


Gary Nixon, Executive Director of the Board, explained that the Board has not yet issued guidance on how to implement the appeals process. He noted that the Board is being asked to raise the cut-off score on the test and may consider both issues together.