As TNReady prepares to start in a few weeks, more reassuring news from the Tennessee Department of Education.
Here’s the story, as reported by the Tennessean:
Tennessee education officials haven’t been able to verify if Questar Assessment, the state’s TNReady vendor, has the capacity to serve all test takers in the coming weeks.
According to Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, “flu and floodings” that impacted schools have prevented the department from running two verification tests ahead of statewide testing in April.
“We had one verification test and too many schools were closed, and we had another verification test and didn’t have enough schools because of flus and flooding,” Schwinn, who started her job in February, said.
After a year of testing marked by hackers and dump trucks, it would seem the TNDOE would do more to ensure tests were ready this year. Or, even better, just take the year off and work to get testing “right” with a new vendor in 2019-20.
Instead, they push forward. So far, unable to verify the testing platform will work in spite of reports that practice tests aren’t always going so well.
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