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Teachers union opposes plan to tie teacher licenses to test scores

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The state's largest teacher's union is challenging a proposal that ties teacher licenses to student test scores.

The Tennessee Education Association officially announced its opposition to the plan on Wednesday.

Right now, teaching licenses are renewed for 10 years, regardless of how students perform on tests.

Under the new proposal, the renewal would partially depend on test scores.

The union believes it could harm teachers if the data is flawed, and could take the focus away from students.

"We're fearful that with the new overemphasis on testing that teachers get so focused on the results that they're not able to really nurture the love of learning and the personal part of teaching where you really get connected with those students," said Gera Summerford with the association.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the plan Friday.

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