10 Things Every Parent Should Know about TNReady

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1. TNReady gives all of us an important big-picture perspective so we can see if students are on track and progressing toward college- and workforce readiness. This is the only state-level test that can do that.

2. No student should ever be reduced to a single test score. Learning and growing means so much more than performance on any one test.

3. TNReady has fewer and better questions than the former TCAP tests in math and English language arts.

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.35.19 PM4. TNReady has every accommodation feature that TCAP tests have provided in the past – as well as additional tools. No student will be denied access to an allowable accommodation that is part of their IEP.

5. As with any transition, we expect that any challenges related to logistics, like scheduling or technology, will improve as we continue to use this new test.

6. Nearly 200 Tennessee educators are informing how the test is scored, and there is no set number of students who have to fall into each performance level category (e.g., proficient, advanced).

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.35.27 PM7. TNReady is a more rigorous test, so we expect overall proficiency to drop – but then quickly rise again as teachers and students get used to the new assessment and higher expectations.

8. Teachers will not be penalized for any drop in proficiency scores, since proficiency scores do not factor into their evaluation – only student growth measures do. Student growth looks at how a student has grown relative to peers who performed similarly in the past, not whether they have a high score.

9. Recognizing teacher concerns about moving to a new test, specifically related to moving to an online test, state leaders have already lowered the impact of TNReady on educator evaluations. And this year, school districts have complete discretion in how they choose to factor test data into employment decisions.

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 12.43.18 PM10. We believe all of our children in Tennessee are exceptionally capable and – with the expertise and support of their phenomenal teachers – they will show us they are TNReady.