'Technology failure' halts TNReady testing statewide - WSMV Channel 4

'Technology failure' halts TNReady testing statewide

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

When it comes to new standardized testing in Tennessee public schools, it looks like it's back to pencils and paper - at least for now.

On Monday, which was supposed to be the first day of TNReady testing, technical glitches with the software forced school officials to stop in their tracks and "return to normal instruction" instead.

An email to parents in Rutherford County explained that a technology failure at the state level halted all testing statewide.

TNReady is supposed to "better align" with what teachers are teaching in the classroom and better assess students' critical thinking skills.

On Monday afternoon, the Tennessee Education Association president issued a statement, saying the state had concerns about the transition.

It is unacceptable to have this kind of statewide failure when the state has tied so many high-stakes decisions to  the results of this assessment. Our students and teachers have enough stress and anxiety around these assessments without adding additional worries about technical issues.

The state must grant a one-year waiver - at a minimum - from including TNReady scores in teacher evaluations. It is unfair and inappropriate to stake our teachers' professional standing on flawed, unreliable test scores in any year, but there are even greater implications and uncertainty while implementing a new assessment. 

A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning to discuss the latest developments.

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