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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 23, 2018
Disputes with Tennessee testmakers aren’t new. Here’s an update on the state’s lawsuit with Measurement Inc.
The testing company fired by Tennessee’s education department two years ago will likely wait until 2019 to settle the case, according to documents recently obtained by Chalkbeat.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
September 30, 2016
Tennessee rolls out new online testing platform — carefully
Some Tennessee high school students tested out an online platform created by the testing company Questar, the first step to giving online testing a second try.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 29, 2016
Here’s what students at one Tennessee high school have to say about taking TNReady
High school students have watched TNReady delays with bemusement. Now that it's here, they say it's a harder test.
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.
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.
April 4, 2016
Tennessee to shorten TNReady amid widespread complaints about overtesting
Following concerns about overtesting and a botched rollout, Tennessee plans to reduce the number of hours that students spend taking TNReady in its second year.
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.
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 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.
February 9, 2016
Tennessee freezes testing contract as online glitches derail TNReady debut
One day after technical failures cripple Tennessee’s switch to online testing, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen puts the blame on the test’s developer.
Not Ready for TNReady
February 8, 2016
Online testing fiasco sends Tennessee ed officials back to the drawing board
On a day that was supposed to mark a new era of online testing in Tennessee, a major technology failure prompts state officials to scrap a new online exam.
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.
March 24, 2015
Retired military leaders to General Assembly: Stick with Core ‘battle plan’
You can add 13 retired generals and admirals from Tennessee to the list of K-12 educators, superintendents, college presidents and others asking lawmakers to hold off on gutting Common Core.
November 12, 2014
Measurement Inc. inks $108 million testing contract
The relatively small testing company beat out some heavyweights for the big state testing contract.
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