The leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives and another GOP lawmaker want the state's chief internal investigator to review a student testing system plagued by technical issues.
Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, asked the Tennessee Comptroller to review the TNReady testing system, a standardized test required for most public school students.
House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, asked Faison to request the review of the system, which has faced ongoing issues in recent weeks as students tried to take their exams.
"We owe it to our students and parents to ensure that their personal and confidential information is not compromised, and what steps will be taken to ensure that information is not vulnerable,” Harwell said in a news release.
“These assessments are important for accountability, and we need teachers, administrators, parents and students to have confidence in the integrity of the test.”
State lawmakers recently passed emergency legislation that took away any negative ramifications for students or teachers from test scores this year. Teacher evaluations are tied to standardized test scores in Tennessee.
Despite calls from Democrats for her resignation, Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has vowed to continue to work with contractor Questar Assessment to fix ongoing problems.
The company is contracted to handle the online portion of the TNReady test and reported irregularities this month. McQueen said they appeared to be part of a "deliberate attack" on the company's system.