Will Tennessee ever have a TNReady test?
The answer to that question got even fuzzier today as a Department of Education “deadline” to name a new test maker came and went with no announcement.
Tennessee has missed its own deadline to hire the testing company that will pick up where Measurement Inc. left off this spring.
The state canceled the North Carolina test maker’s contract in April, weeks after the launch of the company’s online testing platform went so badly that the tests were halted entirely. In May, officials awarded an emergency contract to testing conglomerate Pearson to grade some tests that did work — and said they would choose another company to handle the state’s testing program by the end of June.
Apparently, when TNDOE sets a “deadline” it’s totally optional.
What does this mean?
The tight timeline also means that students and teachers likely will enter the school year without a sense of what their end-of-year tests will look like. Last year, some students began taking practice tests in October; it’s hard to imagine that happening this year.
Perhaps TNReady is really just about developing the life skill of adapting to chaos.
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