Latest Update (Feb. 17, 2016): The FSSD has determined that the week of March 7-11 will be used to administer TNReady (Part One) of math and English/language arts, and TCAP (Part One) of social studies in the required grades of 3-8. This decision follows the State’s announcement on February 8 that all districts will move to a paper and pencil format rather than online for these required state assessments. Individual schools will send out specific testing calendars and times closer to the week of testing. While the new assessments are important indicators of your child’s level of content mastery, the test results will not be a part of your student’s final grade this year.
We thank you once again for your understanding and patience as we work to fulfill the state’s testing requirements.
Original Post (Feb. 12, 2016): On Monday, Feb.8, the State Department of Education announced its decision to abandon the online format of the TNReady math and English/language arts tests as well as the social studies assessment, making the move to paper and pencil for the tested grades of 3-8. As districts across the State began the first administration of the online assessment, the State’s vendor experienced significant procedural and operational issues that resulted in the Tennessee Department of Education’s decision to discontinue online testing.
I want you to know that I am extremely proud to serve as the FSSD Director of Schools. Your children have worked very hard to prepare for TNReady and, regardless of the format, they are prepared to successfully complete the tests. Let me also assure you that the time, effort, and work of teachers and students in preparation for online testing is not wasted. The FSSD is committed to the integration of technology at all levels in appropriate learning environments. It is our goal to ensure that when students leave our district, they are prepared with the requisite digital integration skills necessary at the high school level and beyond. In addition to preparing students for the online test, our teachers used the state platforms of MIST and MICA to assess student content knowledge in each subject area through online practice assessments. The questions for the practice tests were directly related to the standards taught at each grade level. Those assessments for understanding would have happened regardless of the testing format so that teachers can ascertain whether a certain standard needs to be shored up or if the students are ready to move on to the next standard.
While we have been notified of the new testing window, district and school leaders will be meeting early next week to confirm our specific testing dates. I hope you will read the letter to parents from Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen addressing many of the issues surrounding this unique testing situation. We will send out the new testing calendar next week as district and school leaders have had time to review their calendars and confirm dates within the state’s required window of Feb. 22-March 11. Thank you once again for your understanding and patience as we work to fulfill the state’s testing requirements.