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February 26, 2019
TNReady scores won’t count for much in Memphis student grades
Weights for state test scores in report cards are set at 0 percent for elementary students, and 10 percent for middle school students
Updated January 30, 2019
Just months before its next testing company is supposed to start, Tennessee has yet to receive its first bid
The state has yet to release its request for proposals soliciting testing companies to take over its embattled TNReady assessment program.
January 23, 2019
Tennessee’s next education chief starts in February. Here’s how she’s prepping.
Penny Schwinn is winding down her obligations in Texas, where she has overseen academics since 2016.
Updated January 17, 2019
Tennessee’s new ed chief says troubleshooting testing is first priority
Penny Schwinn's experience with assessment programs in two other states is a strength in her new role in Tennessee, where test administration has been problematic.
January 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
December 21, 2018
From testing to leadership transitions, here are the stories that you read most in 2018
Before the year came to an end, we took a look back into our archives to find the top education stories from 2018.
December 19, 2018
Hundreds of teachers describe TNReady testing confusion, chaos in new report
The problems that plagued online testing in Tennessee schools this year are no secret. But a new 1,700-page report gives what…
December 19, 2018
Tennessee was ‘overly ambitious’ in pushing online testing, says state’s chief investigator
Problems with TNReady testing are the focus of the state comptroller's year-long audit.
December 13, 2018
How the stress of state testing might make it harder for some students to show what they know
In one New Orleans charter network saw modest spikes in cortisol, a hormone caused by stress, leading up to state exams.
December 4, 2018
Memphis school board softens request to reform state’s troubled TNReady test
The board governing Tennessee’s largest school district is asking state legislators to rely less on the standardized test known as TNReady, which has endured a…
November 27, 2018
Memphis school board considers asking lawmakers to drop TNReady testing
The panel has sharply criticized the state for its failure to implement a reliable online test, but until now has stopped short of asking lawmakers to eliminate it.
in your own words
November 26, 2018
Dear Bill Lee… ‘Respect our judgment and decisions,’ and other pieces of advice from Tennessee educators
After the election, we asked Tennessee educators: What would you tell newly elected Gov. Bill Lee about your classroom?
November 13, 2018
Like most superintendents, I cared a lot about test scores. Too much, it turns out.
If life outcomes are what we are about, and test prep keeps us from helping students, we should welcome state test scores going down, argues Paymon Rouhanifard.
November 13, 2018
In a shift, more education reformers say they’re worried about schools’ focus on testing
The pervasiveness of the complaints about testing was striking.
Bill Lee's words
November 6, 2018
Here’s what Tennessee’s next governor says about K-12 education
Republican businessman Bill Lee gave his positions on big education issues in response to a Chalkbeat survey earlier this year.
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