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September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
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.
August 16, 2018
Most schools in Tennessee’s largest district show growth on state test
About half of schools in the Memphis district saw a bump in English scores, earning the district the state's highest rating of growth.
August 16, 2018
How did your school perform on TNReady tests? Search here for results
Nearly 700 schools – more than 40 percent of schools in Tennessee – improved in student performance across most grades and subjects, according…
August 9, 2018
Citing ‘multiple years of failure,’ Knoxville school leaders vote ‘no confidence’ in state
Board Chairwoman Patti Bounds says the Tennessee Department of Education “still takes no ownership” of its mistakes.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
June 7, 2018
Fact checking the Colorado governor’s race: The truth behind 5 claims dividing Democratic contenders
As the Colorado Democratic primary nears, candidates for governor are using old education positions to highlight small policy differences.
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.
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.
May 2, 2018
Inside a Memphis school dealing with the fallout of TNReady problems
Student anxiety, last-minute schedule changes, and hour-long holds with customer service hotline were common.
message to educators
April 27, 2018
Tennessee lawmaker urges teachers to make students “winners” not “whiners” about TNReady
Rep. Sabi Kumar sent an email to Robertson County educators after several urged him to advocate for this year’s state test results not counting on their evaluations.
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 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 17, 2018
Memphis school board discusses dropping TNReady scores from teacher decisions after testing failures
The angry declarations came after two days of glitches in Tennessee testing including what the state called a “deliberate attack” on its testing vendor’s data center.
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
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 10, 2018
Unlike most states, Indiana boosted eighth-grade reading scores on 2017 ‘nation’s report card’
Indiana’s scores on the “nation’s report card” haven’t changed much since students took the federal math and reading tests two years ago,…
National testing time
April 10, 2018
In first comparison with other large cities, Memphis students score poorly on national test
Compared to 27 large cities, the district landed in the bottom third of results from the National Assessment of Education Progress, known as NAEP
April 9, 2018
Concerned about over-testing, Tennessee will eliminate two high school exams
Dropping the two end-of-course tests represents Tennessee's most significant reduction of state-mandated testing in recent years.
January 23, 2018
Expect delays: New York will release statewide test scores later this year
Statewide test scores will be released about a month later than usual this year.
the fight continues
January 22, 2018
New York officials vow to keep fighting for controversial testing rules after federal agency rejects them
New York is “not giving up” on its testing waiver requests, the state's education commissioner said Monday.
January 19, 2018
Why one Harvard professor calls American schools’ focus on testing a ‘charade’
Harvard professor Daniel Koretz is on a mission: to convince policymakers that standardized tests have been widely misused.
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.
2017 in review
December 22, 2017
What we’ve learned: 5 lessons from education research to take into 2018
Researchers have worked through 2017 to separate fact from fiction.
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.
a test of happiness
November 2, 2017
When teachers are better at raising test scores, their students are less happy, study finds
A new study finds a negative correlation between teachers’ impact on students’ test scores and those students’ reports of how happy they were in class.
Results are in
October 19, 2017
Tennessee’s largest district sees 1 in 5 young students meeting expectations on new TNReady test
The switch to the new test was especially disruptive for the iZone, which until now showed significant progress compared to other low-performing schools in the district.
October 19, 2017
School-by-school TNReady scores for 2017 are out now. See how your school performed
Nearly six months after Tennessee students sat down for their end-of-year tests, all of the scores are now out. State officials released the final installment…
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 16, 2017
Memphis teachers union calls on Tennessee to invalidate TNReady over scoring errors
From the State Capitol, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell called for a hearing on recently revealed scoring errors by the state department's testing vendor.
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 4, 2017
The report card is in for Tennessee grade-schoolers. It’s not good, but it’s expected.
Most elementary and middle school students are lagging in English and math, based on the first year of scores under the state's harder new TNReady test.
October 3, 2017
After a two-year gap, Tennessee is about to release test scores for grade-schoolers. Here’s what to expect.
A significant void in test score data will start to be filled with this week's release of statewide TNReady scores for grades 3-8.
September 26, 2017
Want to boost test scores? Experts say Indiana must change teaching
The suspicion that the flat scores are the new normal for Indiana has testing experts and educators speculating about why, and what could be done to nudge them upward.
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.
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