Gov. Haslam’s TNReady listening tour results are in

Gov. Haslam’s TNReady listening tour results are in
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Results from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s TNReady listening tour have been released, with recommendations to be made in the future.

Technical glitches in the administration of the TNReady test this year launched Governor Bill Haslam's statewide listening tour.

It was the third straight year of testing issues with TNReady.

School administrators and teachers provided the governor feedback on the testing issues.

The 14-page report spells out the feedback Governor Haslam received during his six roundtable meetings across the state in August and September.

One of the six stops was in Collierville at the end of August.

The biggest issues discussed include credibility of TNReady, the access students have to technology, and timely results.

Hundreds of schools across the state and several in Shelby County were impacted by the technology failure by Questar, the state's test vendor.

Locally, some of the biggest issues impacted Lakeland students.

"We had students that were in tears this morning, because they had worked on these essays and when it came time to submit the system would not let them submit them,” said Lakeland Schools Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell earlier this year in April.

In the report, educators expressed the need for more state funding to invest in additional technology before completely ditching the paper test.

They also suggested the when looking for the next testing vendor, the state should pick a company well-versed in online testing and and large-scale student assessments.

One issue that will be addressed this year is getting raw results out faster.

A new vendor will be selected for the 2019-20 school year.

Dr. Horrell released the following statement Thursday in response to the feedback report.

I’m encouraged that the listening tour and resulting report appear to be a good faith effort to get a better handle on the issues educators experienced with this year’s TNReady testing. The bottom line is that the state assessment has to be implemented fairly and consistently before the results can be viewed as valid for accountability purposes. I hope this report is a step in that direction.

Click here to see the full results.

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