TN Education Commissioner used pre-pandemic report to gauge “significant learning loss”

(WTVC) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn cited Spring learning loss projections on national, months-old research, rather than up-to-date testing from Tennessee students.

There’s no question, educators are still navigating learning curves after the pandemic forced kids out of the classroom in the Spring.

However, NewsChannel 9 found out state leaders cited pre-pandemic data, not recent Fall 2020 tests from Tennessee students to categorize what she called a “significant learning loss” during a press conference last week.

Lawmakers grilled Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn during a series of hearing on schools re-opening.

At a press conference with Governor Bill Lee last week, Commissioner Schwinn said “preliminary projections” reflected there was an estimated 50 percent decrease in proficiency rates in 3rd grade reading and a projected 65 percent decrease in proficiency in math.

On Friday, Hamilton County Schools Spokesperson Tim Hensley said the student’s data from district was not included in the

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