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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…
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.
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.
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