It’s Day Two of statewide TNReady testing and despite reassurances following yesterday’s disaster, districts across the state are reporting problems and suspending testing.
Nashvillle, Williamson County, Wilson County, Rutherford County, Sumner County, and Chester County have all reported problems. Students are having difficulty logging on in some cases and in others, students complete an entire test but are unable to submit.
Yesterday, Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen said:
“We understand many of you suspended testing today, and we apologize for the unanticipated scheduling changes this issue may have caused,” she said in an email dispatched to district administrators. “…We feel good going into testing tomorrow.”
No, you don’t understand. No, you’re not sorry. This keeps happening. Year after year. Kids went to school yesterday ready to “test like a champion,” and then, nothing happened.
Kids went back today ready to “try again,” and nothing happened.
Word is, Commissioner McQueen is conferencing with districts now. Unless she’s saying we are going to end testing this year and that she’s resigning, I’m not sure how comforting her words can be.
Here’s a tip for Directors of Schools: Don’t believe what she tells you. There’s a clear and disastrous track record when it comes to McQueen and testing.
UPDATE: 10:32 AM
The Department of Education reports the issue is statewide and has issued this statement:
UPDATE: Haywood County Director calls on state to immediately suspend all TNReady testing this year>
@HaywoodSchools has suspended #TNReady testing AGAIN! We need our @TNedu leadership to step up & suspend testing statewide. It is a statewide issue. Schools, teachers, & students will all be evaluated based on state assessment. Press pause @TNedu, please!
UPDATE: 3:05 PM Arlington Schools “concerned”
As many of you are aware, TNReady online testing has been severely impacted across the state. The state required grades 9-12 to test online while it remained optional for grades 5-8. We opted out of online testing where available, therefore, grades 2-8 have not been impacted.
With this being the inaugural year of online testing for all high schools, we anticipated the potential for difficulties in the statewide implementation, so we did not schedule online tests to begin until Wednesday for safe measure.
At the time of this release, the Tennessee Department of Education has resumed all testing. We are scheduled to begin online testing at the high school tomorrow and are continuing to get updates from the TDOE. We will proceed according to those updates.
However, we are deeply concerned what impact this may have on our teachers and students and are currently monitoring that impact with other districts across the state.
We’ll update you as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: 3:09 PM – Williamson County Suspends Until Thursday
Only third and fourth grade students taking the paper TNReady tests will continue testing Wednesday. All online testing has been postponed. A decision regarding online testing will be made Wednesday afternoon. WCS hopes to resume online testing on Thursday.
UPDATE: 3:15 PM — TNDOE Says Everything Will be OK Tomorrow:
UPDATE: Lamberth legislation –
Today I filed an amendment to end computerized testing in Tennessee and return to paper tests. For four years this system has failed our hard working students, teachers and parents and I’m finished with it. The amendment will be heard this afternoon on the House floor. — State Rep. William Lamberth of Sumner County
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It’s not just the logistics – it’s the tests themselves and the time! My 7th graders will have to sit for 550 minutes or 9 hrs and 10 minutes to complete all sub parts. My licensing exams were two four hour sessions – this is ridiculous!
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