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2 days ago
‘There was no cyber attack,’ investigator says of Tennessee’s online testing shutdown
Early findings of an internal review and external probe trace the bulk of this year's TNReady miscues to decisions by Questar, the state's testing company.
June 14, 2018
Will third time be a charm? Tennessee searches again for online testing company
After another bumpy year, the state will seek proposals from one or more companies to take over TNReady testing in the 2019-20 school year.
change of plans
June 11, 2018
With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law
Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system to rate the state's 1,700-plus public schools.
May 30, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers OK shifting $12.5 million in TNReady testing work from Questar to ETS
Tennessee is banking that two companies are better than one when it comes to fixing the state’s troubled standardized testing program.
May 17, 2018
After another bumpy testing year, Tennessee likely will slow its switch to online exams
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is looking at three options as the state seeks to regroup on TNReady.
All in the family
May 15, 2018
TNReady’s new testing company also owns the old one
Tennessee is turning to the new owner of current vendor Questar to work through headaches with the state's problem-plagued TNReady assessment.
Updated May 15, 2018
It’s official! Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much of anything
Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences if the scores aren't good.
Taking a hit
May 14, 2018
By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right
Many stakeholders worry that public outcry over this year’s sloppy TNReady testing will unravel years of carefully crafted accountability systems.
May 9, 2018
Tennessee’s messy testing season is finished, but how much the scores will matter is up in the air
Students turned in their last standardized exams on Wednesday, capping more than three weeks of on-again, off-again computerized testing for TNReady.
May 7, 2018
How did Tennessee testing go this year? An investigator is about to ask 64,000 educators
The state comptroller will email surveys this week asking for information on the administration of this year's TNReady exam.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
Rounding a corner
May 2, 2018
After two rocky weeks, Tennessee testing settles down for the homestretch
Students tackling online state exams relish a stretch of normalcy this week after days of technical problems with TNReady.
May 1, 2018
Here’s a list of everything that’s gone wrong with Tennessee’s 2018 testing
Tennessee was optimistic that this year would be different when students began taking the state’s standardized test known as TNReady. But it quickly…
Updated April 30, 2018
Tennessee online testing problems persist for third straight week
Issues included difficulties logging in, screens going blank, students getting booted off the online system, and trouble submitting their exams.
April 26, 2018
Dump truck blamed for fiber optic line cut that disrupted TNReady testing
Online testing for Tennessee students was disrupted again on Thursday, this time due to the severing of a main fiber cable between Nashville and Atlanta.
Updated April 26, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take another whack at shielding teachers from TNReady test flubs
The legislature orders that "no adverse action" may be taken over this year's TNReady scores out of concern that the test results will be flawed.
not so fast
April 23, 2018
Why Tennessee legislators share blame, too, for TNReady testing headaches
In 2014, the legislature voted to pull out abruptly from a multi-state testing partnership, which set the stage for TNReady.
April 20, 2018
Four reasons Tennessee likely won’t go back to paper testing
In short, reverting to pencil-and-paper tests would be akin to ordering iPhone users to go back to flip phones. It almost certainly won’t happen.
April 19, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take matters into their own hands on TNReady testing problems
After more testing problems, the legislature votes to pull TNReady scores from this year’s accountability systems for students, teachers, schools, districts.
April 18, 2018
‘I do not plan to resign,’ McQueen tells lawmakers over latest testing missteps in Tennessee
Facing mounting pressure, the state's education commissioner vows to power through testing season and make adjustments as needed.
April 18, 2018
On the hot seat: McQueen to explain latest testing blunders to angry Tennessee lawmakers
Facing mounting pressure over more TNReady testing problems, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen will face lawmakers to explain what went wrong this time.
April 16, 2018
Some Memphis-area schools opt to wait a day after system snafu stalls online testing
The state said its testing vendor fixed the problem, but Shelby County Schools left it up to individual high schools to decide how to proceed.
April 16, 2018
TNReady is back online, and technical problems are back too
Tennessee's return to statewide online testing starts off bumpy, but state officials promise it will go better on Tuesday.
April 12, 2018
Two years after massive testing snafus, Tennessee will test more students online than ever
TNReady begins April 16 and ends May 4, with high schoolers easing Tennessee back into statewide online testing.
April 6, 2018
The Nation’s Report Card is out soon. Will Tennessee’s hot streak continue?
Tennessee has been among the nation's fastest-improving states on student achievement based on the national test.
April 5, 2018
Here’s the list of Tennessee school districts choosing to test younger students online this year
Fifty-nine districts have opted to expand online testing beyond high schoolers this month when they begin administering the state’s standardized test.
November 20, 2017
McQueen to convene third task force as Tennessee seeks to get testing right
The group will examine the state's testing program in the wake of persistent hiccups with TNReady and perennial concerns about over-testing.
November 14, 2017
Fired testing company seeks $25.3 million for work on TNReady’s bumpy rollout
The president of Measurement Inc. says his company continues to seek payment for services rendered developing the state's new standardized test.
October 25, 2017
As lawmakers grill McQueen about Tennessee’s testing problems, here are five things we learned
Details about scoring errors and testing plans emerge as state legislators seek explanations for a second straight year of problems with TNReady.
May 8, 2017
McQueen declares TNReady a ‘success.’ Here’s what comes next for Tennessee.
After a non-eventful testing period with the state's new test, Tennessee is marching ahead with its plan to test all high school students online next year.
TNReady or not
April 13, 2017
Tennessee promises this year will be different when TNReady testing begins, but some educators are anxious
After last year's botched debut of its standardized test, the state prepares to try again with a new testing company, a revised test, and a new game plan.
Here We Go
April 11, 2017
Testing materials delivered as Tennessee schools prepare to try TNReady again
Testing coordinators at the state's 1,800 public schools should now have TNReady materials following deliveries this week by Questar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2016
TNReady wait is over … for now
After weeks of delays, printed materials for Tennessee’s new TNReady standardized test have arrived at all 142 school districts, a spokeswoman says.
March 7, 2016
At least a dozen school districts still not TNReady as more testing shipments delayed
With the final week of Tennessee's rescheduled testing window looming, some districts delay their rescheduled exams again, while others wait and see.
February 29, 2016
After online testing failure, Tennessee students take new TNReady assessment the old-fashioned way
While most Tennessee school districts have received their printed materials on time, a dozen are on standby.
February 17, 2016
Few answers as state education officials testify about testing breakdown
Just how did years of preparation for online testing in Tennessee collapse in a matter of hours last week?
February 17, 2016
After testing debacle, Tennessee set to exclude student scores from teacher ratings
Gov. Bill Haslam announces the change during a legislative hearing about online testing snafus.
February 16, 2016
Her honeymoon over as Tennessee ed chief, McQueen enters second year under the cloud of TNReady and with a mission to combat illiteracy
Improving communication has been a hallmark of McQueen's first year; managing the TNReady testing fiasco and addressing stagnant reading scores may consume the next.
February 15, 2016
McQueen: Tennessee Department of Education takes ‘full responsibility’ for online testing debacle
In a letter to state lawmakers, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says her department shoulders blame for the failure to transition to online testing this year.
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