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Tennessee's Testing Troubles
April 4, 2019
Tennessee governor calls for pause on computer-based testing for one year
Gov. Bill Lee announces that he wants all public school students to take their state tests on paper next school year as Tennessee transitions to a new testing company.
Updated April 4, 2019
Tennessee would take a year off from computer-based testing under legislative proposal
The one-year hiatus would give the state's next testing company more time to prepare to administer computer-based TNReady exams.
March 5, 2019
Tennessee seeks bids for testing company to oversee troubled TNReady program
The state releases its request for proposals after three straight years of testing problems under two different vendors.
Forces of Nature
Updated February 27, 2019
Online trial run of TNReady test dampened by flooding and flu across Tennessee
Less than half of the high school students who were scheduled to take the state's online "verification test" were able to participate.
Updated January 30, 2019
Just months before its next testing company is supposed to start, Tennessee has yet to receive its first bid
The state has yet to release its request for proposals soliciting testing companies to take over its embattled TNReady assessment program.
December 21, 2018
From testing to leadership transitions, here are the stories that you read most in 2018
Before the year came to an end, we took a look back into our archives to find the top education stories from 2018.
December 19, 2018
Hundreds of teachers describe TNReady testing confusion, chaos in new report
The problems that plagued online testing in Tennessee schools this year are no secret. But a new 1,700-page report gives what…
October 29, 2018
Questar hires tech guru amid TNReady testing cleanup
The Minneapolis-based testing company lures Brendan Kealey from testing giant Pearson to modernize Questar's digital infrastructure.
October 24, 2018
Tennessee has big gaps in school technology access, but no extra money. Here’s Haslam’s plan.
Gov. Bill Haslam unveils a program to help school districts access and purchase computers, laptops, and other devices.
October 22, 2018
Tennessee students to test the test under reworked computer platform
This week's simulation is designed to make sure that technical problems don't happen again under testing company Questar.
October 3, 2018
‘We do not need to start over,’ educators advise Haslam on TNReady
The report summarizes feedback from educators who met with the governor during his recent statewide "listening tour" to troubleshoot testing problems.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
Updated August 22, 2018
Haslam will hit the road to troubleshoot Tennessee’s testing problems
The outgoing governor responds to a barrage of criticism of the state’s testing program by announcing a “listening tour” aimed at fixing TNReady.
August 8, 2018
Tennessee civil rights leaders push back at superintendents’ call to pause state testing
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, formed in 2016 to advocate for students of color, says a moratorium on state testing is not the answer.
August 6, 2018
Declaring ‘no confidence’ in TNReady, Memphis and Nashville superintendents call for pause in state testing
The superintendents of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam to pause state testing indefinitely.
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