NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Gov. Bill Haslam announced his plans Tuesday to improve the state's testing system through a statewide listening tour.

According to the governor's office, the goals of the tour are the following:

  • Engage in an open conversation about assessment and ways to improve administration
  • Gather feedback that can inform a smooth delivery of state assessments this school year and beyond, including feedback  on the selection of the state’s next assessment partner to be chosen later this school year
  • Discuss how to better provide schools, educators, parents and students with meaningful and timely results from assessments
  • Distinguish assessment content from delivery in an effort to focus on the value assessments can provide
The six-stop tour will begin in Knoxville this Friday and will also include visits to Williamson County, Hamilton County, Shelby County, Greene County and Gibson County. Additional dates have not yet been announced.