Rise & Shine: Flu and flooding interrupt testing of TNReady platform

Good morning,

Not even a trial run of the TNReady assessment was immune from online testing disruptions. A group of 80,000 Tennessee students was supposed to log in last week to test out the platform ahead of the real thing this spring. But only half of the scheduled group of students were able to take the practice test after days of heavy rains and subsequent flooding conditions forced at least 14 districts to cancel classes on the day of the simulation. That was in addition to large numbers of flu-related absences.

The so-called "verification test" was the ordered last year by then-Education Commissioner Candice McQueen to ensure that Questar has fixed the glitches that contributed to widespread technical testing snafus and disruptions last spring.  The state is planning a practice retest, although the date hasn't been set.

In other news, Shelby County Schools has a new school board member. Althea Greene, a retired teacher, was appointed to fill the seat that was vacated after Teresa Jones resigned in January when she was appointed as a city judge.

Keep reading below for the rest of your education news from around the state.

— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief


MAKEUP TESTS Flooding and flu prevented more than half of a group of 80,000 students from logging in earlier this month to test the state’s TNReady testing platform.  Chalkbeat

NEW MEMBER The Shelby County Commission appointed Althea Greene, a retired teacher, to fill the vacant seat on the Shelby County Schools board. Chalkbeat, Daily Memphian, The Commercial Appeal,

CRISIS CALLS A Memphis crisis hotline has seen a spike in calls in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting with many concerns being traced to comments made on social media. Daily Memphian

SCHOOL CLOSINGS Knox County Schools will be closed again on Tuesday, after a weekend of record-setting rain and flooding. Knoxville News Sentinel

Hardeman and Hardin County Schools will be closed again Tuesday due to flooding. Local Memphis

IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTIONS There’s a heightened concern for students’ health in Middle Tennessee now that the CenterS for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting at least 159 cases of measles since Jan. 1. WSMV

TEACHER TOWN HALL With Metro Nashville Schools facing what the district’s own experts say is a morale crisis, some Nashville teachers say they’re so frustrated. WTVF