To many Tennessee educators, the long-awaited test scores unfortunately confirmed their suspicions: every grade level and subject area saw a drop in performance compared to scores before the pandemic.
Students in Nashville will start taking the standardized TNReady exams this week. The state tests were cancelled last spring because of the pandemic. The math and reading assessments are required for most of Tennessee’s one million public school students.
Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn are calling for the tests to be administered as usual but that the results not be used to judge the education system.
Listen / Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday a new program to provide school districts with cheaper options for obtaining laptops and tablets. The project aims to make teachers more comfortable with the TNReady exams and to keep the testing program running after Haslam leaves office.
Listen / The 2018 TNReady test scores were released this week, and they show Tennessee students did slightly worse this year in most subjects, but not all.
Listen / It wasn’t a cyberattack that took down TNReady exams earlier this year but an error by the testing company. External investigators and the state comptroller made the conclusion after reviewing the crash that disrupted standardized tests statewide.
Listen / State officials are hedging their bets on next year’s TNReady testing. The Department of Education announced Thursday that they’ll be limiting online exams in the middle-school grades to just one subject — science — as part of a new plan to keep closer tabs on how computerized testing is going.
Listen / The state’s top educator is promising next year’s standardized testing will go more smoothly — and she’s making some changes to try to bring that about. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Monday that the state is planning to strip testing vendor Questar of some of its responsibilities, following widespread outages that led […]
Listen / The problems with this year’s state assessment test have inspired widespread criticism, especially among Tennessee lawmakers. The 2018 version of TNReady has included an alleged cyberattack, a dump truck backing over a fiber-optic line and would-be test takers staring at blank screens. But history suggests the problem is partially a result of […]
Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up business Wednesday night, after an arduous final day at the state Capitol dominated by a standoff over TNReady and a dispute over a constitutional amendment. The House of Representatives and the state Senate spent most of the day locked in a bitter dispute over whether teachers are really going to be […]