More Testing Troubles for Tennessee

Last week was a very bad one for the new TNReady test in Tennessee.

Here’s what I wrote about it:

First, the state’s testing vendor, Measurement Inc. said the delays and challenges were not their fault.

Then, correspondence between a Director of Schools and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen revealed some serious concerns about the test even before the latest round of delays.

Even more concerning were statements from the President of Measurement Inc. indicating the tests may not arrive on time.

It turns out, the state and the vendor were just not ready to complete this year’s TNReady testing. The vendor was fired and testing was suspended.

The chaos surrounding the test transition led Commissioner McQueen to apologize for not being able to provide a “consistent and complete testing experience.”

One Director of Schools took the testing suspension one step further than the Commissioner had intended, setting up a potential showdown.

The President of the testing company offered his version of events, attempting to explain the failure and casting blame elsewhere.

The Tennessee Education Association weighed-in, calling for a review of the state’s testing and accountability provisions and asking the state to use ESSA provisions to explore new options.

All in all, it was a pretty exciting week in education circles in Tennessee.

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