Lawsuit says kids removed from class to boost test scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a former Metro Nashville Public Schools student claiming high schools removed some kids from class to help inflate the district’s year-end exam scores.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/21LOo3E) the lawsuit was filed Monday by attorney Gary Blackburn. It says former Pearl-Cohn High School student Toni Jones was pulled out of algebra by an assistant principal after taking a predictive test to take remedial classes despite having a passing grade.

The Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County is listed as the defendant.

The lawsuit says Jones, and other students with similar experiences, were deprived of a “constitutionally protected property interest in her public education.” It says the end result was a negative impact to Jones’ education.

A Metro Schools spokeswoman couldn’t comment.