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State Report Card
January 10, 2018
New in Tennessee: one-stop shopping for the latest school data
Tennessee releases its new State Report Card online, complete with TNReady scores from the first year of completed testing for all grades.
October 19, 2017
In Tennessee’s turnaround district, 9 in 10 young students fall short on their first TNReady exams
Nine out of 10 of elementary- and middle-school students in Tennessee’s turnaround district aren’t scoring on grade level in English and math, new data says.
July 5, 2017
From CSAP to PARCC, here’s how Colorado’s standardized tests have changed (and what’s next)
To help keep it all the changes straight, here is a timeline of the past, present and future of Colorado’s standardized tests.
May 9, 2017
TNReady took almost twice as long as Tennessee tests in 2012. Here’s why.
Elementary and middle school students took about eight hours of end-of-year tests this year, an amount consistent with national trends toward longer tests.
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.
April 27, 2017
Matt Damon’s latest role: The voice of an education documentary featuring Tennessee testing
Called “Backpack Full of Cash,” the 90-minute film features a Nashville elementary school and school board member Amy Frogge.
April 17, 2017
Unlike last year, TNReady testing starts without hiccups in Tennessee
On the first day of the state's testing window, nearly 11,000 students use a new online system without issue.
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 20, 2016
Analysis: Memphis students from closed schools don’t always go to better ones
Up to 2,600 Memphis students leaving 10 closed schools since 2012 were assigned to schools with similar, if not worse, test scores, according to a Chalkbeat analysis.
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.
Back to school
August 10, 2016
Why does Tennessee start its school year so dang early?
In recent years, students have returned to school earlier and earlier in August, with some districts now starting in July.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Why can’t Tennessee students read? State officials have a hunch, and a plan
Frustrated by stagnant reading scores, Gov. Bill Haslam and his education commissioner launch a major initiative to help Tennessee students read better.
January 21, 2016
Why asking to keep TNReady data out of teacher evaluations might be moot
School boards are asking that the state discount growth scores this year — but the state says that's unnecessary.
December 22, 2015
Top 10 stories defining Tennessee education in 2015
From Race to the Top to pre-kindergarten to teacher pay, education was a hot topic in Tennessee.
December 2, 2015
McQueen proposes $57 million more for K-12 education next year
Tennessee's ed chief asks for additional state funding for initiatives including professional development for teachers and increasing transparency around testing.
Assessing the assessment
November 24, 2015
First round of TNReady testing generates mixed forecast for spring
School leaders report few glitches during the first wave of online testing of the TNReady era, but many are concerned that the transition won't be so smooth next spring.
Ready for TNReady?
November 3, 2015
New era of state testing launches in some Tennessee high schools
In a pivotal moment of transition for Tennessee public schools, some students begin to take online assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Nation's Report Card
October 27, 2015
Two years after outsized gains, Tennessee’s scores on national exam are flat
In a year when a many states posted declines, Tennessee's scores on the National Education Assessment Program (NAEP) test stayed the same.
Grading the tests
September 15, 2015
State education task force recommends elimination of some tests, release of TNReady questions
Amid concerns about over-testing and transparency, an 18-member task force recommends that districts eliminate tests and that the state releases test questions annually.
September 4, 2015
State says most districts are ‘online ready’ for new state assessment, with Shelby County an exception
When Tennessee students log on next spring to take their statewide assessments on computers, most districts will be ready, says a new state report.
Ready for TNReady?
August 25, 2015
New TNReady test will be harder to ‘game,’ say education officials
Test-taking tips, such as "when in doubt, guess C," soon will be obsolete in Tennessee, at least when it comes to the state's end-of-year standardized assessments.
August 18, 2015
Testing spikes and nosedives: What does it all mean?
With dozens of Tennessee schools logging double-digit test score gains and losses this year, a Vanderbilt researcher warns against drawing quick conclusions.
August 11, 2015
Six charts showing test scores in schools that Tennessee wants to turn around
A chart-by-chart analysis of efforts to improve failing schools in Memphis and Shelby County, based on the latest TCAP scores
August 3, 2015
State officials recognize 170 schools for achievement, growth
The annual reward list comprises Tennessee's top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.
July 31, 2015
Closer look at Achievement School District’s original schools shows wide range in trajectories
An analysis of the state-run school district's first six schools shows that despite big gains overall, progress is still uneven.
July 30, 2015
Audit: Memphis schools cleared in cheating probe
An audit by the Tennessee Department of Education shows testing security wasn't breached at two schools under investigation.
July 30, 2015
Under pressure, Raleigh-Egypt High School posts scores high enough to escape state intervention
Of 19 Memphis schools so low-performing that they could be absorbed by the state-run Achievement School District, 12 had test score gains big enough to stop that from happening.
July 29, 2015
Academic overhaul is paying off, say Shelby County leaders of newest district scores
New scores for Tennessee's largest public school district offer a sign that leaders are investing in the right programs and the right people, its superintendent says.
July 29, 2015
State officials walk fine line of praising test scores and bracing for drops next year
Even as state education officials release an upbeat assessment of the latest TCAP results, they are bracing for falling scores next year under a new state test.
July 29, 2015
At critical moment, state-run Achievement School District posts big gains at its original schools
After a bumpy first two years for the Achievement School District, test scores show students posting larger gains than their peers across the state in math and science.
July 27, 2015
Five things to watch for when district and school test scores come out Wednesday
On Wednesday, the state unveils its district-by-district and school-by-school scores across Tennessee. Here are five important things to watch.
July 21, 2015
Shelby County Schools could exclude late test scores from student grades
Local education officials soon could take advantage of a new state law that allows them to exclude students' scores from their final grades in certain situations.
July 7, 2015
UPDATED: Shelby County Schools one of two districts under review for TCAP cheating
The state is investigating Alcy and LaRose elementary schools in Shelby County, among other schools, for potential cheating on their 2013-14 state achievement tests.
June 25, 2015
Decline in reading scores a dark spot in otherwise sunny test score trends
Tennessee saw a drop in reading scores in grades 3-8 this year, even as scores rose in almost all other subjects.
Updated June 25, 2015
Five things to know about Tennessee’s 2015 test scores, out today
What this year's scores, the last for the multiple-choice tests known as TCAP, could mean — and what they won't say.
June 18, 2015
Five takeaways from Tennessee’s ‘quick score’ flap
After a month of explanations, here’s what we know — and what we don't know — about the confusion that erupted over this year's preliminary state achievement test scores.
June 9, 2015
McQueen: Change in ‘quick score’ calculation ‘needed to happen’
Two weeks after state education officials apologized for a miscommunication over test scores, members of the State Board of Education ask their own questions.
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