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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
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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 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.
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.
December 4, 2018
Memphis school board softens request to reform state’s troubled TNReady test
The board governing Tennessee’s largest school district is asking state legislators to rely less on the standardized test known as TNReady, which has endured a…
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.
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November 26, 2018
Dear Bill Lee… ‘Respect our judgment and decisions,’ and other pieces of advice from Tennessee educators
After the election, we asked Tennessee educators: What would you tell newly elected Gov. Bill Lee about your classroom?
November 15, 2018
Tennesseans reflect on Candice McQueen’s legacy leading the state’s schools
As Candice McQueen prepares to leave her role as chief of Tennessee schools in January, education leaders, advocates, and parents are weighing in on her legacy.
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