As the legislature grinds to a halt over the TNReady testing issue, the Tennessee PTA weighs-in.
Here’s their statement:
Tennessee PTA supports legislative solutions that can be passed by the Tennessee General Assembly before this session ends to respond to the TNReady testing issues quickly.
Tennessee PTA has the following concerns about the recent TNReady tests:
- the inability for some students to submit answers and essays;
- the inability to submit tests in a timely manner;
- the electronic component of the recall test feature activated the next day has the potential for students to change answers;
- typos on paper tests that may cause students to pick the wrong answers; and;
- TVAAS scoring data for a three-year teacher evaluation based on this year’s test scores.
We believe these concerns justify invalidating all reporting for this school year on all TNReady test scores and invalidating TVAAS scoring to be included in teacher three-year testing evaluation.
And more importantly, our youth have been subjected to online cyber-attacks and still enduring test anxiety for scores that will count for nothing.
The Tennessee PTA believes in testing accountability, but the class time missed and the lack of new material not introduced during this time should be considered a deterrent to student achievement and to the social emotional well-being of students. We continue to support and educate parents to advocate for what their children need to be successful in school and in life.
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