Tennessee Faces Trouble with State Standardized Testing
A new third grade law exposes a testing system that consistently fails
Ah, yes. It’s that time of year again. The time of TNReady troubles.
This year, of course, the TNReady issue is compounded with a new and ridiculous third grade retention law.
We’ll start there.
As a result of the devastating new law, third grade students who didn’t meet a certain score on the ELA portion of TNReady this year are subject to being held back. To avoid that fate, they can participate in summer school and possibly have a tutor in 4th grade.
New Third Grade Law "Devastating"
One middle Tennessee mom says she was devastated when she learned of Tennessee's new third grade retention law that…
If those options don’t work, or they don’t complete summer school, the student will repeat third grade.
Since the test had much higher stakes this year than normal, the TN Department of Education offered the opportunity for students to retake the test if they fell into the score category requiring retention.
Those retakes were set for this week.
Here’s how that went:
My district ran into tech issues today with the 3rd grade retest. Our kids sat for over an hour after trying unsuccessfully to log in.
This type of issue — a technical difficulty with accessing the test — happened in a number of districts across the state.
So, imagine being a third grader at the end of your school year. You find out you have to retake an 85 minute test you’ve already taken. If you don’t do well enough, you have to go to summer school and possibly repeat third grade.
No pressure at all, right?
Then you show up for your retake and you’re ready to go and you have to wait for an hour or two while some tech issues are worked out.
It doesn’t matter that you’ve waited and are now likely extra anxious. This is it.