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Middle school students throughout the area will not take TN Ready test

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After several delays and disruptions, middle school students will not be taking the second round of the Tennessee Ready Test. The State Department of Education is cutting ties with the company responsible for delivering the tests. Over two million students will not be taking the assessment because the tests did not arrive on time.

Schools throughout the area are still missing testing booklets and answer sheets. Now the state is finding itself in a situation that's it's never been in before.

“We don't have an explanation other than this company failed us,” said LeAngela Rogers, Principal at Hixson Middle School. It is difficult news for Ms. Rogers to tell her students and staff. After months of hard work and test preparations TN Ready will not be ready for this school year. “We will continue class as usual. We have TN state standards we need to teach, classroom assessments, and our students are being monitored and getting prepared for the next grade level.”

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The Tennessee Department of Education said Wednesday it is ending its contract with Measurement Inc. because of several missed deadlines. The North Carolina company was responsible for producing and delivering the TN Ready test. “The district only received answer documents at the time and they were hoping they would receive test booklets later in the day on Wednesday.”

Officials say more than 2 million testing documents still haven't been shipped. In February the online test crashed causing delays. This month students planned on taking a paper and pencil version instead. “The volume with the online test overwhelmed their servers and couldn't respond quickly. When they were supposed to be ready with paper and pencil, the reality of shipping out one million tests to different schools and different locations overwhelmed them,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Testing will continue for high school students. The state has suspended the test for 3rd through 8th grades. But that won't stop Hixson Middle School from celebrating their hard work. “We will begin to plan creative ways to celebrate their hard work and progress that we know they made this year,” Said Rogers.

With millions of middle school students not getting the chance to take the test and three failed start dates Governor Haslam says the state isn't giving up on the program, but is working on finding a new vendor for next year.

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“We will make certain that we have a vendor next year that can produce the test on time, so the hard work teachers are doing is rewarded,” said Haslam.

At Hixson Middle School 8th graders will take the algebra version of the exam in order to place those students in high school math.

The state paid more than $1.5 million towards its $108 million, five-year contract with the company. Districts have a one year pass from using TN Ready results in the teacher evaluations due to the complications.

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David Carroll covers education news and issues at schools across the Tennessee Valley.


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