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May 7, 2019
Hear that sigh of relief? Online testing just finished in Tennessee – and it worked this time
For the first time in four years, computer-based testing goes smoothly in Tennessee.
April 17, 2019
So far so good? Nearly halfway through, Tennessee state testing remains glitch-free
Tennessee's school districts are nearly halfway through online testing, and for the first time in three years, no major issues have been reported.
April 10, 2019
Next week will prove if Tennessee is ready for TNReady. Here’s how state testing is going so far.
“We’re starting much stronger this year than we did last year,” Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said this week.
April 4, 2019
Tennessee governor calls for pause on computer-based testing for one year
Gov. Bill Lee announces that he wants all public school students to take their state tests on paper next school year as Tennessee transitions to a new testing company.
Updated April 4, 2019
Tennessee would take a year off from computer-based testing under legislative proposal
The one-year hiatus would give the state's next testing company more time to prepare to administer computer-based TNReady exams.
March 12, 2019
Teachers are ‘ready to fight,’ says new Tennessee coalition inspired by strikes in other states
A new coalition seeks grassroot support to gauge whether Tennessee teachers are ready for collective action.
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.
February 26, 2019
TNReady scores won’t count for much in Memphis student grades
Weights for state test scores in report cards are set at 0 percent for elementary students, and 10 percent for middle school students
Forces of Nature
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 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
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 21, 2018
From testing to leadership transitions, here are the stories that you read most in 2018
Before the year came to an end, we took a look back into our archives to find the top education stories from 2018.
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