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August 14, 2019
Six things to know about Tennessee’s TNReady scores coming out this week
Tennessee is set to release results of its annual tests for public school students on Thursday, marking the fourth year of scores in the era known as TNReady.
July 2, 2019
Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril
Federal funding has dried up for the popular program now serving 9,000 students in two-thirds of the state's school districts.
June 10, 2019
Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month and its popular summer reading program is in jeopardy.
June 6, 2019
Pearson bid $20.1 million to take over TNReady testing next year, documents show
British testing company Pearson submitted a bid that scored higher and cost less than the proposal by Questar, the state's current vendor.
Updated May 30, 2019
Tennessee chooses testing giant Pearson to take over TNReady
London-based testing company Pearson will take over Tennessee’s student testing program beginning next school year.
May 7, 2019
Hear that sigh of relief? Online testing just finished in Tennessee – and it worked this time
For the first time in four years, computer-based testing goes smoothly in Tennessee.
Movers & shakers
April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
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.
March 28, 2019
Tennessee’s new education commissioner named a ‘chief for change’ by national group
Penny Schwinn is among the newest members of Chiefs for Change, a high-profile national network of education leaders.
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.
February 8, 2019
What we heard from Tennessee’s education commissioner during her first week
Penny Schwinn's whirlwind week started with school visits and ended with a state policy meeting. In between, she met with lawmakers, superintendents, and staff.
February 4, 2019
Tennessee’s new education chief wants to ‘listen and learn’ with school visits
Penny Schwinn visited Tennessee classrooms on her first day on the job and pledged to make that a habit.
Politics & Policy
February 1, 2019
Six things to know about Penny Schwinn, Tennessee’s new education commissioner
Penny Schwinn starts her new job on Monday, where she will oversee K-12 policy for Gov. Bill Lee.
Updated January 17, 2019
Tennessee’s new ed chief says troubleshooting testing is first priority
Penny Schwinn's experience with assessment programs in two other states is a strength in her new role in Tennessee, where test administration has been problematic.
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