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March 5, 2019
Tennessee seeks bids for testing company to oversee troubled TNReady program
The state releases its request for proposals after three straight years of testing problems under two different vendors.
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Updated February 27, 2019
Online trial run of TNReady test dampened by flooding and flu across Tennessee
Less than half of the high school students who were scheduled to take the state's online "verification test" were able to participate.
Updated January 30, 2019
Just months before its next testing company is supposed to start, Tennessee has yet to receive its first bid
The state has yet to release its request for proposals soliciting testing companies to take over its embattled TNReady assessment program.
January 23, 2019
Tennessee’s next education chief starts in February. Here’s how she’s prepping.
Penny Schwinn is winding down her obligations in Texas, where she has overseen academics since 2016.
Updated January 17, 2019
Tennessee’s new ed chief says troubleshooting testing is first priority
Penny Schwinn's experience with assessment programs in two other states is a strength in her new role in Tennessee, where test administration has been problematic.
January 3, 2019
Despite blistering audit, Questar will pursue Tennessee’s next testing contract, says leader
The state's testing company acknowledges failures in administering TNReady, but add that it's learned a lot in two years.
December 19, 2018
Tennessee was ‘overly ambitious’ in pushing online testing, says state’s chief investigator
Problems with TNReady testing are the focus of the state comptroller's year-long audit.
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
October 29, 2018
Questar hires tech guru amid TNReady testing cleanup
The Minneapolis-based testing company lures Brendan Kealey from testing giant Pearson to modernize Questar's digital infrastructure.
October 24, 2018
Tennessee has big gaps in school technology access, but no extra money. Here’s Haslam’s plan.
Gov. Bill Haslam unveils a program to help school districts access and purchase computers, laptops, and other devices.
October 23, 2018
McQueen declares online practice test of TNReady a success
Tennessee's online testing platform held steady Tuesday during a 40-minute simulation involving about 50,000 students.
October 22, 2018
Tennessee students to test the test under reworked computer platform
This week's simulation is designed to make sure that technical problems don't happen again under testing company Questar.
October 18, 2018
It’s not just the governor’s race. Here’s what Tennessee’s big legislative turnover could mean for education.
This year's large number of legislative departures, especially by House education leaders, leaves a void waiting to be filled.
October 3, 2018
‘We do not need to start over,’ educators advise Haslam on TNReady
The report summarizes feedback from educators who met with the governor during his recent statewide "listening tour" to troubleshoot testing problems.
September 14, 2018
I spoke with our governor during his TNReady listening tour. Here’s what I hope he heard.
Tara Baker, an assistant principal at Nashville's McGavock High School, was among about 150 educators invited to participate.
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