TNReady Testing Suspended for Grades 3-8

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/–>The Tennessee Department of Education is suspending its contract with Measurement Inc. They said it is due to the company’s inability to deliver all testing materials.

The TN Department of Education said that Measurement Inc. failed to meet its most recent deadline. The Departement says that all districts were still waiting on testing materials for grades 3 through 8 to arrive. The use of a paper test format was necessary after Measurement Inc.’s online platform failed.

Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a release today that,”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.”

If districts have received materials for a complete grade or subject in grades 3-8 (i.e. fifth-grade math), they will have the option to administer that specific grade or subject level; however, the department will only be able to deliver limited student performance information for these particular grades and subjects. High school tests will be fully scored, and these results will be delivered later this fall.

Flexibility that has already been provided for teacher evaluation through recent legislation will remain. If a teacher has TNReady data, in this case high school teachers, TNReady data will only be used if it helps the teacher. If a teacher does not have TNReady data, their evaluation will rely on data from prior years.

The department is currently working with the state’s Central Procurement Office to expedite the selection of a vendor for both the scoring of this year’s high school assessment and the development of next year’s test. The department has also been in close contact with the United States Department of Education to ensure that Tennessee is in compliance with federal requirements and will continue to work with them on this issue.

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

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