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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.
October 2, 2018
What the candidates for governor said about education during the debate
Education was front and center in the debate Tuesday night between Williamson County businessman Bill Lee and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
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.
September 10, 2018
Most Tennessee voters favor state tests and want TNReady fixed, says new poll
But whether the state should keep using student test results to evaluate teachers is less clear, according to a new statewide survey.
September 7, 2018
As Griffin battles low enrollment in Tennessee’s state district, she looks to a school with a waitlist
The Achievement School District is looking to Westwood Elementary to help her find answers to one of the state district’s longtime issues: lack of students.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
Updated August 22, 2018
Haslam will hit the road to troubleshoot Tennessee’s testing problems
The outgoing governor responds to a barrage of criticism of the state’s testing program by announcing a “listening tour” aimed at fixing TNReady.
August 20, 2018
Memphis schools in most need of growth see gains, but vast majority of students still not on grade level
Only three schools in the iZone have more than 20 percent of students reading on grade level.
August 16, 2018
Most schools in Tennessee’s largest district show growth on state test
About half of schools in the Memphis district saw a bump in English scores, earning the district the state's highest rating of growth.
August 16, 2018
How did your school perform on TNReady tests? Search here for results
Nearly 700 schools – more than 40 percent of schools in Tennessee – improved in student performance across most grades and subjects, according…
TN scores dump
August 16, 2018
School-level test scores are in for the Achievement School District. And they’re bleak.
In English and math exams, not a single Achievement School District elementary, middle or high school had more than 18 percent of students scoring on grade level.
August 14, 2018
Eighteen legislators show support for TNReady pause as 11 superintendents say press on
Nineteen state legislators are supporting the superintendents of Nashville and Memphis in their request for an indefinite pause of the state’s embattled test, TNReady.
August 13, 2018
McQueen calls superintendents’ request to pause state testing ‘illegal and inconsistent with our values’
“Pausing a state assessment would be both illegal and inconsistent with our values as a state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to the Nashville and Memphis leaders.
August 9, 2018
Citing ‘multiple years of failure,’ Knoxville school leaders vote ‘no confidence’ in state
Board Chairwoman Patti Bounds says the Tennessee Department of Education “still takes no ownership” of its mistakes.
August 8, 2018
Tennessee civil rights leaders push back at superintendents’ call to pause state testing
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, formed in 2016 to advocate for students of color, says a moratorium on state testing is not the answer.
August 6, 2018
Declaring ‘no confidence’ in TNReady, Memphis and Nashville superintendents call for pause in state testing
The superintendents of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam to pause state testing indefinitely.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
July 31, 2018
Here are the 37 Tennessee educators chosen to offer advice on TNReady testing
The first-ever advisers will help troubleshoot TNReady as Tennessee seeks to reestablish the credibility of its testing program.
July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
July 24, 2018
Haslam worries TNReady testing troubles could unravel Tennessee education policy
Now in the homestretch of his administration, Gov. Bill Haslam makes his case for staying the course with the state's blueprint for student improvement.
Silver Lining Playbook
July 19, 2018
Memphis’ youngest students show reading gains on 2018 state tests — and that’s a big deal
Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost from newly released TNReady scores.
Updated July 19, 2018
After a wild testing year, Tennessee student scores mostly dip — but there are a few bright spots
Student test scores mostly decreased this year in Tennessee, especially in middle school where performance dipped in every subject, according to new statewide data.
July 18, 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Did online snafus skew Tennessee test scores? Analysts say not much
The independent analysis challenges popular opinion that scores were significantly tainted as a result of widespread technical problems this spring.
July 18, 2018
Tennessee will release TNReady test scores on Thursday. Here are five things to know.
This will be the biggest single-day release of state scores since the TNReady era began three years ago.
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s how Tennessee’s Republican candidates for governor answer the big questions on education
Chalkbeat asked Republican candidates about their own educational experiences, the future of TNReady testing, whether to offer private school vouchers, and more.
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates for governor stand on education
Chalkbeat asked the candidates about their own educational experiences, how they'd address TNReady testing challenges, pre-K expansion, and more.
June 27, 2018
Tennessee teachers have a new voice. Meet the next leader of the state’s largest teacher group
When Beth Brown takes office July 1 as the new president of the Tennessee Education Association, she’ll become the youngest elected leader of…
What went down
June 20, 2018
‘There was no cyber attack,’ investigator says of Tennessee’s online testing shutdown
Early findings of an internal review and external probe trace the bulk of this year's TNReady miscues to decisions by Questar, the state's testing company.
June 14, 2018
Will third time be a charm? Tennessee searches again for online testing company
After another bumpy year, the state will seek proposals from one or more companies to take over TNReady testing in the 2019-20 school year.
change of plans
June 11, 2018
With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law
Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system to rate the state's 1,700-plus public schools.
May 30, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers OK shifting $12.5 million in TNReady testing work from Questar to ETS
Tennessee is banking that two companies are better than one when it comes to fixing the state’s troubled standardized testing program.
May 23, 2018
Disputes with Tennessee testmakers aren’t new. Here’s an update on the state’s lawsuit with Measurement Inc.
The testing company fired by Tennessee’s education department two years ago will likely wait until 2019 to settle the case, according to documents recently obtained by Chalkbeat.
May 22, 2018
From an ‘F’ to an ‘A’, Tennessee now sets high expectations for students, says Harvard study
Tennessee stands out in a new national report examining how the exodus from Common Core has changed states' expectations for their students.
May 21, 2018
School boards across Tennessee scrap TNReady scores from students’ grades
One by one, a growing number of Tennessee districts are opting not to count TNReady scores against students whenever the results are released.
May 17, 2018
After another bumpy testing year, Tennessee likely will slow its switch to online exams
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is looking at three options as the state seeks to regroup on TNReady.
All in the family
May 15, 2018
TNReady’s new testing company also owns the old one
Tennessee is turning to the new owner of current vendor Questar to work through headaches with the state's problem-plagued TNReady assessment.
Updated May 15, 2018
It’s official! Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much of anything
Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences if the scores aren't good.
Taking a hit
May 14, 2018
By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right
Many stakeholders worry that public outcry over this year’s sloppy TNReady testing will unravel years of carefully crafted accountability systems.
May 9, 2018
Tennessee’s messy testing season is finished, but how much the scores will matter is up in the air
Students turned in their last standardized exams on Wednesday, capping more than three weeks of on-again, off-again computerized testing for TNReady.
May 9, 2018
Some Tennessee students lost their TNReady test answers despite state’s reassurance they wouldn’t
When tests didn’t submit properly, most students were able to later. But in an unknown number of cases statewide, students lost test answers.
May 7, 2018
How did Tennessee testing go this year? An investigator is about to ask 64,000 educators
The state comptroller will email surveys this week asking for information on the administration of this year's TNReady exam.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
May 3, 2018
Did Tennessee offload too much blame for TNReady testing woes onto a dump truck?
The troubles that at least two school districts had connecting to Tennessee’s online testing system were not related to a slashed cable, the internet provider says.
Rounding a corner
May 2, 2018
After two rocky weeks, Tennessee testing settles down for the homestretch
Students tackling online state exams relish a stretch of normalcy this week after days of technical problems with TNReady.
May 2, 2018
Inside a Memphis school dealing with the fallout of TNReady problems
Student anxiety, last-minute schedule changes, and hour-long holds with customer service hotline were common.
May 1, 2018
All Memphis teachers could get a raise now that TNReady scores won’t affect their pay
Shelby County Schools had originally planned to give raises to teachers with high evaluation scores, but TNReady issues sent district leaders back to the drawing board.
May 1, 2018
Here’s a list of everything that’s gone wrong with Tennessee’s 2018 testing
Tennessee was optimistic that this year would be different when students began taking the state’s standardized test known as TNReady. But it quickly…
May 1, 2018
Tennessee’s TNReady testing troubles, as told in your gifs and memes
How teachers, students, and parents were able to laugh to keep from crying about TNReady.
April 30, 2018
My students were ready. Tennessee’s tests weren’t.
I do not want to wonder why the screen says “0 questions answered of 0 possible questions.” What does that even mean?
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