Student Assessment in Tennessee
Annual assessments play a key role in the teaching and learning process, and they are critical to ensure that all students are meeting higher standards and are making progress on their path to postsecondary and the workforce. TNReady, the new TCAP for math and English language arts, was designed to provide Tennessee students, teachers, and families with better information about what students know and understand.
While the law requires annual state testing, we find ourselves in an unusual and unique circumstance due to the inability of our testing vendor, Measurement Incorporated, to deliver a reliable testing platform. Effective immediately, the state is terminating the assessment contract with Measurement Incorporated.
High school testing will continue as planned, but the department is suspending TNReady Part II TCAP testing for grades 3–8.
If districts have received materials for a complete grade or subject in grades 3-8 (i.e. fifth-grade math), they will have the option to administer that specific grade or subject level; however, the department will only be able to deliver limited student performance information for these particular grades and subjects. Please contact your district to see if this option applies to your child’s school.
High school tests will be fully scored, and these results will be delivered later this fall.
Terminating our contract with MI was a challenging decision because we’ve been working to honor the effort and investment of Tennessee teachers and students. The failure of this vendor has let us all down, especially the hard working teachers and students of our state.
The department is currently working with the state’s Central Procurement Office to expedite the selection of a vendor for both the scoring of this year’s high school assessment and the development of next year’s test. The department has also been in close contact with the United States Department of Education to ensure that Tennessee is in compliance with federal requirements.
Additional information will be shared as soon as possible. In the meantime, please reference this FAQ document, which provides detailed information about how this announcement will impact our teachers, schools, and districts.