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March 16, 2017
For third straight year, TNReady prompts Tennessee to adjust teacher evaluation formula
The State Department of Education is asking for another change to teacher evaluations in response to last year’s test cancellation of TNReady.
March 9, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal
Here are answers to questions from some of our readers about a new proposal to pilot tuition vouchers in Memphis.
February 17, 2017
Here are the 25 districts committing to taking TNReady online this spring
One year after Tennessee’s first attempt at online testing fizzled, almost a fifth of Tennessee school districts have signed up to try again.
Making the SCORE
February 7, 2017
Seeking to balance reform with stability, SCORE unveils priorities in annual State of Education report
The influential education research and advocacy organization unveils its top three priorities aimed at sustaining Tennessee's academic gains.
January 19, 2017
One year after TNReady collapse, Tennessee unveils plan to test online again
All high schools will administer the test online in 2018, followed the next year by other grades.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Ten stories defining Tennessee public education in 2016
From testing and standards to school funding and bus safety, Tennessee has navigated a tumultuous and historic year.
December 13, 2016
TNReady scores are down across the state, but they’re especially down in Memphis
Shelby County Schools and the Achievement School District lag considerably behind the rest of the state on Tennessee's latest standardized test scores.
December 13, 2016
UPDATED: Urban districts score below statewide averages on new TNReady tests, with some bright spots
A new test does hasn't changed which Tennessee school districts are the top performers, and which districts struggle relative to the state as a whole.
December 12, 2016
Your guide to district- and school-level TNReady scores
Tennessee soon will release district- and school-level scores from the state’s new, and supposedly harder, standardized test.
December 6, 2016
Hopson warns of ‘disheartening’ TNReady scores while board orders hearings on closing schools
Shelby County's superintendent says the soon-to-be-released scores should galvanize the district to address "underutilized, poor-performing schools."
November 4, 2016
Most Tennessee high school students lag in college readiness according to first TNReady results
Under the state’s tougher new grading scale, nearly three-quarters of Tennessee high school students performed below grade level on each of the new tests.
November 3, 2016
Tennessee is about to release its first TNReady scores. Here’s what to expect.
On Friday, Tennessee will release its first batch of scores from its new standardized test. Here are four things we know.
October 14, 2016
TNReady scores are down, but GPAs shouldn’t take big hit under phase-in plan
Now that the drop in state test scores is official, Tennessee education leaders have a plan to soften the initial blow to high school students’ GPAs.
October 13, 2016
Here’s a preview of how students fared on Tennessee’s new TNReady test
A month before scores are to be released, state officials offer a glimpse, saying that the results are worse than the previous year, as expected with a new test.
October 11, 2016
Memphis teachers likely won’t see raises in their paychecks until late November, at least
It’s three months into the school year, and Memphis teachers still aren’t seeing the 3 percent raise promised to top educators working for Shelby County Schools.
October 11, 2016
How Tennessee might drastically change testing, and other potential changes to the state’s schools
State officials share their takeaways from nearly six months of discussions on how Tennessee should adapt to the sweeping new federal education law.
October 4, 2016
Tennessee soon will release its first TNReady scores — with a new look
The State Department of Education will release its first standardized test scores under the TNReady era in November.
September 30, 2016
Tennessee rolls out new online testing platform — carefully
Some Tennessee high school students tested out an online platform created by the testing company Questar, the first step to giving online testing a second try.
September 1, 2016
Here are the standardized tests Tennessee students will take this year
Schools will administer 14 state-mandated tests this year, with testing windows spanning every month.
August 30, 2016
Should Tennessee cut more tests? Leaders weigh concerns about over-testing against need to measure improvement
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen's testing task force debates which state tests, if any, are expendable.
August 16, 2016
What’s the end game for Tennessee’s Achievement School District? That’s the question facing lawmakers.
State lawmakers will answer questions about the future of Tennessee's school turnaround district when they convene on Wednesday.
July 14, 2016
Here’s Tennessee’s new game plan for standardized testing next year
With a new test maker and a new strategy, the State Department of Education unveils details about next year's assessments, including less testing and less online.
the long view
July 13, 2016
Why this year’s failed TNReady test leaves Tennessee with challenges for years to come
The decision to cancel standardized testing this year will impact the state's accountability system for at least three years.
change of heart
July 7, 2016
Tennessee didn’t choose Questar in 2014. Here’s why officials say they’re confident now.
In 2014, Tennessee passed Questar over in favor of Measurement Incorporated. Here's why the state went with Measurement Inc. originally — and why they're going with Questar now.
July 6, 2016
Questar wins contract to develop Tennessee test to replace failed TNReady
After a rocky year of standardized testing, the Tennessee Department of Education is starting fresh with large-scale test maker Questar.
July 1, 2016
Extending uncertainty about testing, Tennessee misses its deadline to name new test maker
Tennessee misses its own deadline to name the testing company that will pick up where Measurement Inc. left off this spring.
June 28, 2016
Emails reveal months of missteps leading up to Tennessee’s disastrous online testing debut
Education officials allowed schools to go ahead with a new online testing system that had failed repeatedly across the state, according to emails obtained by Chalkbeat.
across state lines
June 20, 2016
Lawmakers wanted to know how unique Tennessee’s testing problems were. Here’s the answer.
A report from the Tennessee comptroller answers lawmakers' questions about how online testing went in other states.
June 14, 2016
Theme of Tennessee’s testing task force meeting: ‘We’re in a transition phase’
Commissioner Candice McQueen's testing task force focuses on how the state will reshape its accountability system in light of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Signed and sealed
May 31, 2016
Tennessee awards two testing contracts as it searches for TNReady successor
Two firms that have received smaller testing contracts this spring could be in the hunt for the state’s biggest job.
May 26, 2016
After TNReady failure, here’s what Tennessee officials want from their next test maker
The profile for Tennessee’s next standardized testing vendor is revealed at the kickoff meeting for Education Commissioner Candice McQueen’s second testing task force.
May 25, 2016
McQueen reconvenes testing task force on TNReady and more
The spotlight will be bigger on the work of this year's task force following the bumpy rollout of TNReady — and its eventual cancellation for grades 3-8.
May 16, 2016
Pearson gets emergency test scoring contract from Tennessee
A month after firing test Measurement Inc., the Tennessee Department of Education contracts with testing conglomerate Pearson to grade standardized tests this summer.
May 2, 2016
U.S. education chief: Without TNReady scores, Tennessee should look elsewhere for accountability
High school graduation rates and student absenteeism are among indicators suggested by U.S. Secretary of Education John King to fill the gap for TNReady.
April 29, 2016
Here’s what students at one Tennessee high school have to say about taking TNReady
High school students have watched TNReady delays with bemusement. Now that it's here, they say it's a harder test.
the day after
April 28, 2016
Turns out, Tennessee wasn’t ready for TNReady after all
The state's decision to suspend standardized testing for most grades generates relief that the on-again, off-again assessment known as TNReady is mostly done.
One and done
April 27, 2016
Tennessee fires TNReady testmaker, suspends tests for grades 3-8
The Tennessee Department of Education terminates its contract with the developer of the state’s new standardized test and suspends testing for students in grades 3-8.
April 27, 2016
Testmaker: What went wrong with TNReady
The head of the company behind TNReady accepts blame for this year’s botched online rollout of Tennessee’s new test, but says subsequent printing delays were unavoidable.
April 25, 2016
Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation’s new education law, and how it could shape Tennessee schools
Tennessee's senior senator says the goal of the Every Students Succeeds Act is to leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders.
April 25, 2016
Overshadowed by TNReady, here’s what the legislature did on education this year
While a private tuition voucher bill fizzled and Gov. Haslam touted a K-12 funding increase as historic, problems with TNReady hovered over the Capitol like a cloud.
April 22, 2016
Tennessee education leaders vow that third TNReady state test delay will be the last
The Tennessee Department of Education apologizes and promises no more delays in light of the third holdup of the state's new standardized exam.
April 21, 2016
Tennessee braces for TNReady testing delays — again — as state blames testing vendor — again
High school testing materials have arrived on time, but materials for grades 3-8 will be late, according to the State Department of Education.
April 19, 2016
TV ad promotes Tennessee’s new TNReady test
A coalition led by SCORE produces a 30-second advertisement promoting the value of the state's new assessment.
April 15, 2016
Citing TNReady transition, Tennessee’s school turnaround district to halt takeovers for one year
The Achievement School District announces it will not seek to take over more low-performing schools in the 2017-18 school year because of problems with TNReady.
April 12, 2016
Parents to Tennessee’s governor: Stop Part II of TNReady testing
Nearly 2,000 parents sign a petition asking Gov. Bill Haslam and other state leaders to nix the entire second part of the state's new standardized assessment.
April 4, 2016
Tennessee to shorten TNReady amid widespread complaints about overtesting
Following concerns about overtesting and a botched rollout, Tennessee plans to reduce the number of hours that students spend taking TNReady in its second year.
April 4, 2016
State seeks to limit opt-out options as TNReady Part II approaches
The Tennessee Department of Education directs superintendents not to make it easier for students to refuse to take the state’s new standardized test.
Adjustments in Accountability
March 31, 2016
This year’s TNReady scores can’t put your school on the priority list. Here’s why.
In light of TNReady's bumpy rollout, the State Department of Education has new provisions in place for how student test scores will be used to evaluate low-performing schools.
March 30, 2016
Here’s what we know about Part II of TNReady
With the first part of TNReady testing barely in the rear-view mirror for students and educators, the focus now shifts to Part II of the state’s new standardized test.
Choosing to refuse
March 16, 2016
Opt-out movement gains foothold in Tennessee as more parents and students refuse state assessment
The opt-out wave is beginning to gain traction in Tennessee, a year after mass numbers of students refused tests in states including New York, Washington, and Colorado.
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