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2 days ago
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.
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.
February 9, 2016
Memphis school scrambles to replace stolen laptops for new online state test, only to revert to paper tests
Leaders of KIPP Memphis University Middle School model flexibility for their students during a chaotic week that started with the theft of 23 laptop computers.
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.
February 8, 2016
Ready for TNReady? It starts this week. Here’s what you should know
Beginning this week, Tennessee officially enters a new era of testing as most students in grades 3 to 11 start taking state achievement assessments online.
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.
November 23, 2015
Memphis Head Start leaders seek iPad investment for district’s littlest hands
The proposed purchase of 500 iPads for Head Start students would be a first-of-its-kind technology investment for pre-K students in Shelby County Schools.
September 9, 2015
Tennessee teacher and ‘digital innovator’ on ed tech and why schools might not be ready for online tests
Last spring, Haywood County reading teacher Sharon Clark joined 99 other educators from across the country as a PBS LearningMedia “lead digital innovator.” The program gives tech-savvy educators…
February 17, 2015
Rise & Shine: Restorative Justice expands in Tennessee
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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