Testing suspended as state terminates contract with TNReady vendor

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Education Commissioner announced on Wednesday afternoon the state is terminating its contract with the vendor of the TNReady tests and that the second phase of testing been suspended for third to eighth grade students.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said the failure of the vendor is a “let down” for Tennessee educators, parents and students.

According to McQueen, the state has paid a total of $1.6 million to Measurement Inc. for the development of the tests. Tennessee has not paid the vendor anything this year for its services.

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McQueen also stated the company has yet to ship more than two million needed documents for Part II of testing. As of Wednesday morning, all districts across the state were still waiting on test materials from the out-of-state company.

“Measurement Inc.’s performance is deeply disappointing. We’ve exhausted every option in problem solving with this vendor to assist them in getting these tests delivered,” McQueen said. “Districts have exceeded their responsibility and obligation to wait for grade 3-8 materials, and we will not ask districts to continue waiting on a vendor that has repeatedly failed us.”

Earlier this year, students were forced to take paper-based tests after the vendor’s online platform failed during Part I of testing. That portion of the test was given in late February and early March, while the second part of testing was scheduled to begin Monday.

“Challenges with this test vendor have not diverted us from our goals as a state,” McQueen said, adding, “Tennessee has made historic and tremendous growth over the past several years. Higher standards and increased accountability has been a key part of this progress.”

High school students who have already completed the testing will receive their scores later this year.

How are Middle Tennessee school districts responding?

Metro-Nashville – Will not administer Part II of TNReady testing for grades 3-8 due to incomplete testing materials

Williamson County – TNReady assessments have been suspended until further notice

Wilson County – Will not administer Part II of the TNReady assessment for grades 3-8; Assessments for high school and middle school Algebra I will continue

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