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TNReady vendor failure continues struggles for teachers, students

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The troubles continue with the standardized testing for students after failure of Tennessee Ready testing statewide.

The state has fired the company they said is responsible, but the question remains as to what this means for the students and teachers.

"For us to go outside of this state and to pay millions of dollars to a test development company who can't produce is criminal to me," Executive Director of Memphis and Shelby County Education Association Keith Williams said.

It's tough talk on Thursday from educators after the State of Tennessee Department of Education made the announcement on Wednesday of the cancellation of the contract.

Now, many teachers are left wondering what will happen with the end of the year testing now that the contract with Measurement Inc. has been terminated. So far, SCS has elected to suspend testing for all students in third-eighth grades, due to the company's failed delivery of testing materials.

But, high school students still have to test. 

Some local government leaders are disagreeing with the decision for high school students to still test.

"High-schoolers should not have to continue testing. We're scrapping the test vendor who is also charged with grading the test," State Representative Antonio Parkinson said.

Their main concern is who will be charged with the responsibility of grading the test of students now that the company is no longer contracted with the state, and how much will it cost.

"For us to have spent millions of dollars to learn their lesson, I'm not happy with that. Because, that is money that could have been much better spent in the classrooms of this state," Williams said.

The Tennessee Department of Education is currently working to find a new vendor for both the scoring of this year's high school assessment and the development of next year's test.

The department said if a teacher has TNReady data, it will only be used if it helps the teacher. If a teacher does not have TNReady data, their evaluation will rely on data from prior years. 

It's a decision leaders believe needs to be done away with as well.

"We talk about the 1.6 million dollars that Measurement Inc. received from the State of Tennessee. But nobody in this room can stand today here and tell me the value of the amount of times that our children, our teachers, our parents, and our administration has suffered already," Shelby County School Board Commissioner Stephanie Love said.

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