After delays and setbacks for Tennessee new assessment, the Tennessee Department of Education announced Monday that they will terminate the contract with the provider of TNReady tests immediately.
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said the state’s contract with Measurement Inc. will be terminated immediately because of the North Carolina company’s inability to deliver all testing materials. High school testing will continue as planned, but the state will suspend testing for grades 3-8 during the 2015-2016 school year.
In February the department was forced to delay testing from the originally planned online assessment delivery to a paper-based format due to a failure the vendor’s online platform. This month, McQueen said the company has already revised their shipping schedule three times. She said more than two million documents have not been shipped.
“Measurement Inc.’s performance is deeply disappointing. We’ve exhausted every option in problem solving with this vendor to assist them in getting these tests delivered,” McQueen said. “Districts have exceeded their responsibility and obligation to wait for grade 3-8 materials, and we will not ask districts to continue waiting on a vendor that has repeatedly failed us.”
TNReady, the state’s new assessment in math and English language arts in grades 3-11, was designed to be administered in two parts. Part I was given in late February and early March, and Part II was scheduled to begin on April 25.
The department said they are currently working to expedite selecting a vendor for next year’s testing. They said they have also been in contact with the Untied States Department of Education to ensure that Tennessee is in compliance with federal requirements.