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June 11, 2018
With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law
Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system to rate the state's 1,700-plus public schools.
April 9, 2018
Concerned about over-testing, Tennessee will eliminate two high school exams
Dropping the two end-of-course tests represents Tennessee's most significant reduction of state-mandated testing in recent years.
November 20, 2017
McQueen to convene third task force as Tennessee seeks to get testing right
The group will examine the state's testing program in the wake of persistent hiccups with TNReady and perennial concerns about over-testing.
August 30, 2016
Should Tennessee cut more tests? Leaders weigh concerns about over-testing against need to measure improvement
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen's testing task force debates which state tests, if any, are expendable.
July 20, 2016
Tennessee to cover ACT retakes for all students, but will it boost college access?
More Tennessee students soon will get the chance to retake the ACT test, which could mean the difference between a college scholarship or not going to college at all.
More than scores
July 20, 2016
Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA
With the switch to ESSA looming, state leaders consider which metrics to include in the state's accountability plan.
June 14, 2016
Theme of Tennessee’s testing task force meeting: ‘We’re in a transition phase’
Commissioner Candice McQueen's testing task force focuses on how the state will reshape its accountability system in light of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
May 26, 2016
After TNReady failure, here’s what Tennessee officials want from their next test maker
The profile for Tennessee’s next standardized testing vendor is revealed at the kickoff meeting for Education Commissioner Candice McQueen’s second testing task force.
May 25, 2016
McQueen reconvenes testing task force on TNReady and more
The spotlight will be bigger on the work of this year's task force following the bumpy rollout of TNReady — and its eventual cancellation for grades 3-8.
April 4, 2016
Tennessee to shorten TNReady amid widespread complaints about overtesting
Following concerns about overtesting and a botched rollout, Tennessee plans to reduce the number of hours that students spend taking TNReady in its second year.
December 1, 2015
With state revenues rebounding, will Tennessee see more education spending?
When Candice McQueen makes her first state budget pitch, she'll offer a glimpse into how the state is responding to growing calls for change in the way it funds schools.
September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
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