State plans changes to TN Ready testing for next school year


Changes are coming to standardized testing after major interruptions at schools across Tennessee.

TN Ready, the state’s current online testing system, has been plagued with problems since being rolled out about three years ago.

Possibly the biggest issue has been transitioning students to full online testing.

The Tennessee Department of Education announced on Thursday it’s adjusting that timeline.

“This is the direction Tennessee will continue to move, but we want to make sure we’re phasing in online based on successful proof points to help get us to the next stage,” said Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.

According to the original plan, all high school and middle school tests would be conducted online by the 2018-19 school year.

Now Grades 3-8 will take TN Ready math, English and social studies tests on paper. Science tests for third and fourth graders will also be taken on paper instead of online.

“Tennessee is one of less than 10 states that still has a paper test in our lower grade levels,” said McQueen. “When we asked our community, the vast majority wanted to continue to test online.”

The state said it’s too late to try and find a different company to administer the tests for the upcoming school year.

The state will use Questar for a third year but are looking into other options beginning in the 2019 school year.

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