Norris Middle School students given TNReady tests below grade level

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Anderson County Schools is notifying parents at Norris Middle School that around 900 TNReady science and social studies tests were given at the wrong grade level.

Dr. Tim Parrott says students will not be asked to retake the tests and the scores will be considered invalid.

Parrott says the issue is not the fault of the school system, schools, testing administrators, teachers or students, and he has notified state officials to let them know about the problem.

Norris Middle School parents were fed up hearing about more problems with TNReady tests this year. Theresa Valera is a parent of a sixth grader and said the mistake made her son stressed because he was not familiar with any of the material.

“It’s still upsetting and it’s really too bad our kids and our teachers have to go through this every single year,” said Valera.

Other parents were disappointed because their kids work hard all year long to prepare for these tests. Many hope the state can figure this out so they do not keep seeing issues.

“I encourage other parents to contact central office like I did last week and give them feedback and voice their concerns so we never have to put our students and our teachers through this again,” said Valero.

The Tennessee Department of Education issued a statement about the problem saying:

“There was a poorly designed feature of the online testing system that contributed to some users accidentally administering a test to to students that was below their grade level, including at Norris Middle School. We’ve provided guidance to the district staff and the building testing coordinator to invalidate these tests. Students are not required to re-test, and their tests will not be scored. This means they will not count toward an educator’s evaluation nor will they factor into the scores we report for Norris Middle School. They will also not hurt the district’s or school’s participation rate.”

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