The state of Tennessee released Tuesday the results of Gov. Bill Haslam’s statewide TNReady listening tour. The tour was designed to give educators a chance to give feedback on the state’s elementary and secondary assessments.
The report was generated from six roundtable discussions, as well as comments submitted online. It lays out immediate steps to improve the testing process this year and the state says it will help procure a testing partner for the 2019-20 school year and beyond.
The governor says he will review the recommendations and present a response to the report in the coming weeks.
The report outlines the four major challenges of the assessment process, which include restoring TNReady’s credibility, creating greater student access to technology, receiving results from the assessment in a timely manner, and aligning instructional resources to the assessments.
The educator advisory team identified a number of steps that can be taken, many of which the state says have already been implemented:
- Release of the test administration manual earlier;
- Review the test administration manual for clarity, consistency and errors;
- Consolidate the form or version combination of the tests;
- Improve the quality of the paper test delivery boxes to make them sturdier, less likely to break;
- Increase the size of the students’ test tickets;
- Deliver information and materials to schools earlier;
- Strengthen the response time and customer service of the help desk operators;
- Shorten the length of time between administration of the test and providing results to schools and families;
- Reduce the number of submission errors by automatically caching submissions and improving training; and
- Perform a large-scale verification test of the computer-based testing platform.
More online: Read the full report [PDF]