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September 14, 2018
I spoke with our governor during his TNReady listening tour. Here’s what I hope he heard.
Tara Baker, an assistant principal at Nashville's McGavock High School, was among about 150 educators invited to participate.
Updated August 22, 2018
Haslam will hit the road to troubleshoot Tennessee’s testing problems
The outgoing governor responds to a barrage of criticism of the state’s testing program by announcing a “listening tour” aimed at fixing TNReady.
July 31, 2018
Here are the 37 Tennessee educators chosen to offer advice on TNReady testing
The first-ever advisers will help troubleshoot TNReady as Tennessee seeks to reestablish the credibility of its testing program.
July 24, 2018
Haslam worries TNReady testing troubles could unravel Tennessee education policy
Now in the homestretch of his administration, Gov. Bill Haslam makes his case for staying the course with the state's blueprint for student improvement.
July 18, 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Did online snafus skew Tennessee test scores? Analysts say not much
The independent analysis challenges popular opinion that scores were significantly tainted as a result of widespread technical problems this spring.
What went down
June 20, 2018
‘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.
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.
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 9, 2018
Some Tennessee students lost their TNReady test answers despite state’s reassurance they wouldn’t
When tests didn’t submit properly, most students were able to later. But in an unknown number of cases statewide, students lost test answers.
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.
On the Agenda
May 6, 2018
New York’s top policymakers leave open questions about testing, teacher evaluations
Despite brewing state education policy controversies, May's Board of Regents meeting is shaping up to be a quiet one.
May 3, 2018
Did Tennessee offload too much blame for TNReady testing woes onto a dump truck?
The troubles that at least two school districts had connecting to Tennessee’s online testing system were not related to a slashed cable, the internet provider says.
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 27, 2018
About 1,400 TNReady tests invalidated after students take wrong test for their grade
Nearly 500 instances involved students in Anderson County near Knoxville who took science or social studies tests that were below their grade level.
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.
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 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 17, 2018
How Tennessee’s testing snafus impact kids and educators — in their own words
We asked educators, parents, and students how this week’s testing snafus have impacted them personally. Here are some of your responses.
April 17, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers call for McQueen’s resignation, scrapping TNReady over more testing failures
Problems with Tennessee's online student testing system for a second straight day spurs talk on Capitol Hill.
Target on TNReady
Updated April 17, 2018
‘Deliberate attack’ during day two of TNReady testing creates chaos for Tennessee districts
Tennessee’s student tests were derailed on Tuesday for a second straight day, this time by what state education officials say might have been “a deliberate…
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.
January 18, 2018
Personal data of 52 New York students is compromised after testing-company breach
The breach is likely to fuel the already widespread opposition among parents and educators to the state standardized exams in New York.
To our readers
October 30, 2017
Hey, we heard you. You had a lot of questions about TNReady. We found answers.
Chalkbeat takes some of our readers' top concerns about Tennessee's new test directly to the state Department of Education.
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.
October 17, 2017
Teacher pay raises on schedule in Memphis despite possible changes to evaluation scores
Memphis teachers will start receiving their performance-based salary increases in November, even though evaluation scores could change for at least 587 educators.
October 17, 2017
Five things to know about the latest brouhaha over Tennessee’s TNReady test
The revelation that nearly 10,000 Tennessee high school tests were scored incorrectly unleashes a new round of complaints about the standardized test.
October 13, 2017
Missing student data means 900 Tennessee teachers could see their growth scores change
The latest glitch follows a series of mishaps, including test scanning errors, which also affect teacher evaluations.
October 13, 2017
Scoring glitch means thousands of Tennessee students got wrong TNReady score
About 9,400 students across the state received incorrect scores after the testing vendor, Questar, used a scanning program that included an error.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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