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September 18, 2017
Most Memphis schools score low on student growth under new state test
Find out how your school fared in growth on the state's new test in this Chalkbeat exclusive.
August 30, 2017
More Tennessee districts doing better on high school English tests, less so on math
Three out of every four districts see English proficiency rise in the second year of TNReady testing — but less than half see the same trend in math.
August 25, 2017
The early data is in. Tennessee scores dropped for grades 3-8, too.
Calling it a "reset moment," state officials review preliminary TNReady data with the State Board of Education.
August 4, 2017
Here’s Detroit’s slimmed-down testing schedule, which Vitti says is only a first step in reducing pressure
High school students will see the greatest impact of the changes this year, but more changes could come to schools in the future, Vitti said.
July 27, 2017
Tennessee high schoolers post higher test scores, but some subjects remain a struggle
The increases were modest on average, but sharp for some of the students who have historically struggled most.
July 20, 2017
Two fewer testing days in New York? Thank goodness. Here’s what else our students need
My students are concerned that all of their hard work throughout the year will boil down to six intense days of testing.
July 14, 2017
Now hiring: Indiana is looking for a testing company to create ISTEP’s replacement
The testing system goes into effect in 2019.
July 6, 2017
Weary of stagnant ACT scores, Tennessee is giving all its seniors a second chance to test
The state's inaugural ACT Retake Day a success, state officials are expanding the program to all public high school students in the Class of 2018.
June 20, 2017
Calculator mix-up could force some students to retake ISTEP, and Pearson is partially to blame
Students at 20 schools used calculators on a section of the 2017 ISTEP math test when they shouldn’t have.
End of an era
June 14, 2017
Colorado backing away from PARCC English and math tests, forging its own path
However, Colorado will likely keep using some PARCC questions in the math and English tests given to students in grades three through eight.
May 25, 2017
Tennessee’s ill-timed score delivery undercuts work to rebuild trust in tests
TNReady testing went smoother this year, but score delivery issues have put state education officials back on the defensive.
May 23, 2017
Memphis students won’t see TNReady scores reflected in their final report cards
Shelby County Schools joins the growing list of Tennessee districts not getting the test score data in time.
Making the grade
May 19, 2017
TNReady scores are about to go out to Tennessee districts, but not all will make student report cards
The Tennessee Department of Education will start to distribute test score data beginning on Monday, but that's too late for final grades in some districts.
April 22, 2017
“ILEARN” is in, ISTEP is out — Indiana legislature approves test set to begin in 2019. Now awaiting governor’s OK.
The “ILEARN” testing system in House Bill 1003 passed the House 68-29 and passed the Senate 39-11. Next, the bill will go to Gov. Eric Holcomb for him to sign into law.
April 20, 2017
It’s not just older students. Tennessee second-graders also started testing this week in nearly 100 districts
The new optional assessment is designed to provide teachers with helpful information and ensure the state's younger students are on track in reading and math.
April 19, 2017
Drop TNReady scores from teacher evaluations, urge Shelby County leaders
The county's Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to urge the state to use TNReady results as only a “diagnostic” tool.
April 18, 2017
‘I think you will do well,’ says governor to Tennessee students preparing for TNReady
Tennessee's youngest students who began testing this week receive a pep talk from Haslam and a No. 2 pencil courtesy of SCORE.
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.
March 30, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee school voucher advocates are pushing for TNReady in private schools. Here’s why.
If Tennessee private schools want to take advantage of public money that could soon be flowing their way, they might have to…
March 30, 2017
In final year of Common Core, Tennessee teachers can use practice test questions from PARCC
As TNReady testing approaches in mid-April, teachers are looking for practice questions to prep their students for the state's revamped assessment.
March 27, 2017
To test or not to test? That’s the question families face as students head into state exams this week
Here’s what you need to know as students start taking English exams on Tuesday.
March 15, 2017
Last year, Ritz’s computer-based testing plan was largely dismissed. Today, McCormick adopted part of it as her own.
These “computer-adaptive” exams adjust the difficulty-level of questions as kids get right or wrong answers.
March 10, 2017
Get ready for the 2017 ISTEP test with these 13 practice questions
Schools can begin giving the multiple choice section in mid-April.
February 22, 2017
Tennessee will halve science and social studies tests for its youngest students
Responding to complaints of over-testing, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announces plans to slim down assessments for third- and fourth-graders.
February 13, 2017
Proposed bill that has governor’s blessing would drop PARCC from Colorado high schools
Lawmakers are stopping short of eliminating the ninth grade testing requirement.
Politics of testing
February 9, 2017
From ISTEP to ILEARN: GOP test plan clears first legislative hurdle
A proposal to replace ISTEP won approval from Indiana’s House Education Committee today.
February 6, 2017
You’re representing Tennessee, says State Board chairman to students testing for the Nation’s Report Card
A sampling of Tennessee students have begun taking math and reading tests to gauge academic progress for the upcoming Nation's Report Card.
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.
January 11, 2017
‘ILEARN’ test would replace ISTEP in 2019 under House GOP plan
Behning’s bill is the first to outline a plan to replace the test, and it still faces a number of legislative hurdles.
new testing plan
November 29, 2016
ISTEP panel proposes mostly tweaks after months of work
There was no discussion today about the recommendations, crafted mostly over email in the past week.
November 18, 2016
These 10 Indianapolis schools have the fewest kids passing the 2016 ISTEP test
Every school on this list fell far below the state’s average passing rate of 51.6 percent for students in grades 3-8.
November 17, 2016
These 10 Indianapolis schools have the most kids passing the 2016 ISTEP test
The Marion County schools that posted the highest scores on this year’s ISTEP are largely traditional public schools.
November 17, 2016
Indiana bucks the test score trend and posts a second straight year of declines
But this year, 494 schools saw their passing rates improve. And far fewer schools experienced the double-digit drops that were present for 93 percent of schools in 2015.
take it back
November 16, 2016
One day after sweeping testing announcement, New York state walks it back
Instead of keeping tests constant for three years, as the state had announced, that testing changes are now up for discussion.
November 15, 2016
More students passing New York state algebra exam, after outcry sparked by previous year’s test results
Seventy-two percent of students passed Algebra I in 2015-16, according to data released by the State Education Department on Monday.
November 4, 2016
Most Tennessee high school students lag in college readiness according to first TNReady results
Under the state’s tougher new grading scale, nearly three-quarters of Tennessee high school students performed below grade level on each of the new tests.
October 13, 2016
Here’s a preview of how students fared on Tennessee’s new TNReady test
A month before scores are to be released, state officials offer a glimpse, saying that the results are worse than the previous year, as expected with a new test.
October 11, 2016
A Common Core exam or another year of ISTEP? Lawmakers weigh unpopular options
The ISTEP advisory panel is expected to make recommendations by Dec. 1 so that the legislature can formally enact the new test next spring.
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.
Hot button issue
September 28, 2016
Is it getting hot in here? If so, you’re less likely to pass a high-stakes test
Looking at 4.5 million exams taken over 13 years, a researcher concluded that students are almost 11 percent more likely to fail an exam on a 90-degree day.
Here we go again
September 14, 2016
Now is the time to discuss scrapping Colorado’s two-year old testing system, state board says
“If we don’t do anything now,” Durham said, “we don’t do anything.”
Anatomy of a lesson
September 7, 2016
How one Memphis school is showing that the Achievement School District isn’t all about test scores
At Libertas School of Memphis, testing does not have the appearance of being front and center in daily lessons at the Montessori school.
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.
August 27, 2016
McCormick rejects Ritz’s favored ISTEP changes, backs SAT as a high school exam
Jennifer McCormick, a superintendent from Yorktown running for Indiana schools chief, has revealed details of how she’d like to see Indiana’s testing system change.
August 8, 2016
State superintendent candidates want to kill ISTEP but differ on what should come next
Both candidates running for state superintendent agree that the state’s ISTEP exam has to go. But they disagree about what should replace it.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
April 4, 2016
State seeks to limit opt-out options as TNReady Part II approaches
The Tennessee Department of Education directs superintendents not to make it easier for students to refuse to take the state’s new standardized test.
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.
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