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July 18, 2024

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School Testing in Tennessee. Sigh.

Standardized testing is a hot-button issue. Here's what it looks like locally for the 2016-17 school year.

Looking to improve standardized testing after last springโ€™s fiasco, the Tennessee Department of Education shares points about what parents and kids can expect going forward:

โ€ข Students will spend less time taking standardized tests, and testing will be confined to the end of the school year.

โ€ข End-of-year testing will be reduced by 30 percent, addressing complaints of overtesting from parents and loss of instructional time from teachers.

โ€ข Almost all TCAP testing will occur in late April and early May, unlike last year when students also tested in February and March.

โ€ข Teachersโ€™ planning materials for the new year are very similar to last yearโ€™s.

โ€ข Teacher assessment blueprints were made available last month; material and standards assessed will be similar to last year. Students will be able to take practice tests online beginning early November.

โ€ข Tests will be taken with pencil and paper, but some high schools might choose to test their students online.

โ€ข High schools may have the option to take the test online this year, but only if Questarโ€™s (the company newly contracted to head up the standardized tests for Tennessee) testing platform demonstrates โ€œearly proof of successful online administrationโ€ in Tennessee schools during practice runs.

To see the full fact sheet on Tennessee assessments for 2016 – 2017, go to

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