Democrats seek Dept. of Ed’s internal records on test results delay

Three House Democrats are hitting up the Department of Education for records shedding light on the internal decision making that led to a delay in the release of preliminary student test scores last week, reports Andrea Zelinski.

Nashville Democrats Bo Mitchell and Mike Stewart joined with Knoxville Democrat Gloria Johnson in filing an open records request seeking emails and documents relating to the delay, TCAP results, how the data was processed, what test questions the department omitted and how the story was picked up by the media.

“It seems improbable that your Department was simply unaware that such an unprecedented delay would be warranted until the very day that the scores were to be revealed,” read a letter from the three lawmakers.

…Two of the three Democrats pushing for the public records — Mitchell and Johnson — are facing targeted opposition from Republicans in this November’s general election.

Note: The Department of Education initially announced the test results would be delayed for 10 days, though that wound up being four days. Still, many school systems wound up taking department-offered waivers and issuing report cards without the test results included. Democrats aren’t the only ones complaining, as noted, for example in previous post HERE.