Department of Education ends contract with TNReady vendor - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Department of Education ends contract with TNReady vendor

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The Tennessee Department of Education has ended their contract with its statewide testing vendor. Measurement Inc., which oversees the TNReady system, will no longer be used in Tennessee. TDOE cited repeated failures as their reason for cutting ties.

With all districts in the state awaiting the arrival of some testing materials, the TNReady testing has been suspended for grades 3-8. Officials said some 2 million testing documents had yet to be shipped.

However, TNReady and end-of-course testing at Houston Middle School and Riverdale Middle School will continue as planned, as each are scheduled for next week.

In light of the announcement, Shelby County Schools decided to suspended testing for all grade 3-8 students. In a statement, they said:

The constant changes with regard to this year's TNReady testing have been challenging, but we applaud the Tennessee Department of Education for keeping us updated along the way.

SCS has elected, per the State's option, to suspend testing for all students in Grades 3-8 due to Measurement Inc.'s failed delivery of testing materials. Although this testing period has been tumultuous, we are pleased that the State is providing districts, teachers and students with flexibility in performance and evaluation as they continue to work to provide us with a quality annual assessment.

The announcement to cut ties with Measurement, Inc. was made at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“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,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a release. “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.”

Districts will still have the option to administer TNReady testing if they have the materials and are willing. Germantown Municipal Schools announced they will not be holding TNReady testing for any students grade 3-8.

State representative Antonio Parkinson, a vocal opponent of the testing, will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Stay with WMCActionNews5.com for developments.

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