About 600,000 Tennessee students successfully completed TNReady testing this year, with few, if any, issues reported statewide.
And about 30,000 of those students successfully took the TNReady online portion — also with few problems reported.
This year's success marks the second year of TNReady testing and is in contrast to problems last year that left only high school students able to complete the exam.
"We know that the success of TNReady this year is the result of the supportive partnerships throughout schools and communities in our state," said Candice McQueen, Tennessee education commissioner in a statewide letter. "We are grateful for the continued dedication of our education community in Tennessee, which is foundational to our work. It is because of our collective focus and united efforts to support our students, teachers, and schools that Tennessee will succeed."
During last year's testing window, numerous issues tied to the state's testing vendor derailed testing for most students statewide. Only high school students were able to complete the test in the spring, with grades 3-8 testing canceled completely.
After firing the vendor, the Tennessee Department of Education and McQueen contracted with Questar Assessment to administer the standardized tests. It opted to phase-in online testing this year, with some high schools choosing to take the test online.
McQueen said in her letter that Questar has already begun to start scoring exams.
McQueen reports statewide TNReady success.
On Monday, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent out a statewide email reporting this year's success in administering the TNReady test.
Education community members,
We are excited to share that this year’s administration of TNReady was a success, both online and on paper, in schools across Tennessee. Our students were prepared with solid teaching in classrooms every day, and this year all of our students had the opportunity to show what they know on TNReady. Thank you for your partnership in making this success a reality.
We are especially pleased that more than 30,000 students successfully took TNReady online with very few, if any, issues. Tennessee students completed nearly 200,000 subparts via the online platform in schools across 24 districts, including both urban and rural areas of our state. With such a successful online administration, we are confident in our plan to move forward with all high school students taking TNReady online next school year, with the online option for middle school.
In total, about 600,000 students in grades 3-11 took TNReady over the course of the three-week testing window this spring. Questar has already started to receive exams and the scoring process has begun. From here, the department will provide raw score results for all students to districts in late May for the purposes of determining students’ final grades. As a reminder, TNReady scores will factor into students’ grades at a reduced 10 percent weighting this year.
We will release high school end-of-course results this summer, and we will send districts individual score reports for students, families, and educators. Results and the new personalized reports for students in grades 3-8 will be available this fall, as we will go through a similar extended scoring process for grades 3-8 that we did last year for high school given that it is the first year of the test in those grades. In future years, results for all students will be released in the summer.
We know that the success of TNReady this year is the result of the supportive partnerships throughout schools and communities in our state. We are grateful for the continued dedication of our education community in Tennessee, which is foundational to our work. It is because of our collective focus and united efforts to support our students, teachers, and schools that Tennessee will succeed.