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Old 04-27-2018, 04:59 PM
 
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TNReady wasn't ready.

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2...r-their-grade/

https://www.tennessean.com/story/new...est/532389002/

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The invalidated tests are the latest in a series of problems plaguing the state’s online testing system, designed by vendor Questar, since a three-week testing window began April 16.

On the first day, log-in problems erupted on the online version. The second day, Questar blamed some of the glitches on a cyberattack. This week, a fiber optic line reportedly severed by a dump truck led to more disruptions for teachers and students.
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The Tennessee General Assembly struck a deal Thursday that will ensure this year's TNReady test won't be held against students, teachers and public school districts.

The decision by lawmakers says that districts and schools won’t receive A-F rankings on tested data.

The legislation also means that the upcoming fall 2018 priority list, required by law to be created every three years, will be absent of the 2018 data. The priority school list details the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state and has legal implications for schools.

The TNReady results can be used to improve a school’s status on the list.

But it brings into question whether the upcoming priority list will be created with one year’s data in grades 3-8 and two years’ data for high schools.

In 2016, only high school students took the spring TNReady test after online tests were canceled statewide. Last year elementary and high school students took paper tests.
The second article makes it sound like testing in 2017 went off without any glitches, but fails to mention that, due to issues with scoring the tests, Questar did not release those scores to schools until November; which meant many parents did not receive their children's scores until December--7 months after testing took place.

Tennessee is one of the few states that still uses value-added measures to evaluate teachers; and although the state legislators passed this law ensuring that these scores could not be held against teachers, VAM is still being used as part of our teacher evaluation scores. While these scores cannot be used against us (affect our compensation, tenure, or employment status); there will still be teachers labeled as Level 3, 4, or 5 at the end of this school year--based on principal observations--who will see their evaluation score drop a point or more once VAM is calculated into their evaluation score.


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That is so messed up. State testing needs to go back to pencil and paper. Technology is so temperamental.
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Agree - pencil and paper is so last century but it's reliable. Plus, a few kiddos have a hard time with the screens - gives them headaches. Sigh
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