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August 12, 2019
What you should know as the 2019 Tennessee school year begins
Now that summer break is officially over for Tennessee, we have a little bit of homework for you. Catch up on three of the big stories affecting local schools.
June 28, 2019
Tennessee signs two-year, $40 million testing contract with Pearson
Negotiations complete, both parties sign off on a deal that makes Pearson the state's third TNReady vendor in five years.
June 6, 2019
Pearson bid $20.1 million to take over TNReady testing next year, documents show
British testing company Pearson submitted a bid that scored higher and cost less than the proposal by Questar, the state's current vendor.
Updated May 30, 2019
Tennessee chooses testing giant Pearson to take over TNReady
London-based testing company Pearson will take over Tennessee’s student testing program beginning next school year.
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.
July 5, 2017
From CSAP to PARCC, here’s how Colorado’s standardized tests have changed (and what’s next)
To help keep it all the changes straight, here is a timeline of the past, present and future of Colorado’s standardized tests.
October 19, 2016
When you’re in charge of testing in a Colorado school district and your daughter wants to opt out
A Colorado school district official believes that state tests can be a force for equity, but says test-makers are failing their customers.
on the record
July 5, 2016
Pearson CEO: Company has a ‘wider responsibility’ to help end educational inequities
The Pearson CEO also talks data privacy, political influence and the role of technology in classroom.
July 1, 2016
Extending uncertainty about testing, Tennessee misses its deadline to name new test maker
Tennessee misses its own deadline to name the testing company that will pick up where Measurement Inc. left off this spring.
Signed and sealed
May 31, 2016
Tennessee awards two testing contracts as it searches for TNReady successor
Two firms that have received smaller testing contracts this spring could be in the hunt for the state’s biggest job.
May 26, 2016
After TNReady failure, here’s what Tennessee officials want from their next test maker
The profile for Tennessee’s next standardized testing vendor is revealed at the kickoff meeting for Education Commissioner Candice McQueen’s second testing task force.
May 16, 2016
Pearson gets emergency test scoring contract from Tennessee
A month after firing test Measurement Inc., the Tennessee Department of Education contracts with testing conglomerate Pearson to grade standardized tests this summer.
May 9, 2016
They rejected multi-state Common Core exams. Now what?
Leaving test consortia was meant to pacify local protests against Common Core, but it has led to confusion in the classroom and extra costs to states.
Does quality stack up?
April 1, 2016
Move over, GED. Coloradans will have three choices for high school equivalency exams
The move to three high-school equivalency tests will bring savings, but critics contend the quality of the alternatives falls short of the revamped GED.
Student & School Performance
February 3, 2016
Technology concerns surface as Indiana approaches next ISTEP exam
Board members today said they were worried about computer glitches after a few statewide "stress tests."
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