Lawmakers press for answers on TNReady Debacle

Jun 15, 2016 | TN State Rep News, Uncategorized

Appearing before lawmakers Wednesday to explain the future of online testing in Tennessee, state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen instead faced a series of questions about what went wrong with the state’s $108 million contract.

In April, McQueen pulled the plug on the state’s contract with Measurement Inc., the company hired to administer the new TNReady test. The move came after a series of failures snowballed into the cancellation of all testing in third through eighth grades — and after a last-minute switch to paper and pencil tests in February after the online platform could not handle the demand.

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(Photo: George Walker IV / File / The Tennessean)

The same news stories of the past 4 years are the same today. Millions of taxpayer dollars spent on standardized testing that cannot be delivered. Let's put this archaic practice to rest. It has never been a method of improving education. Assessments done at this level should be diagnostic.

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