Monthly Archives: April 2018

Weekly Update – April 16, 2018

Across the state this week, our 3rd – 8th graders are taking this year’s TNReady assessment. They’ve worked hard, learned the standards, and are ready to show their teachers, parents, and themselves what they’ve learned this year.

The state’s once-a-year-assessment window opens today, and 650,000 students will take TNReady over the next few weeks. We wanted to share with you a short note from the Tennessee Department of Education giving three points on how this year’s test will be administered.

From the Department of Education:

  1. Technological readiness: Since last summer, our districts have been going through a number of technological checks to look for device readiness, infrastructure readiness, and operational readiness. We’ve been working with our vendor to proactively solve for potential risks and test the Nextera platform.
  2. Platform preparation: Additionally, we have enhanced and streamlined our data processes, which will improve administration, and we have been working with districts for months to ensure there are ample opportunities for students to practice on Nextera so they will be comfortable with the platform and the types of questions they will see. More than 160,000 practice sessions were completed in the fall and 620,000 have been taken this spring.
  3. Communication and support throughout the testing window: We’ve also been planning with districts and schools about how we will handle issues that may occur during the testing window – again recognizing that the nature of the online environment means we need to prepare for any possibility. We have established a variety of support avenues and processes that are available throughout the operational testing window to provide immediate support, including devices that are ready to be deployed if a district has issues with theirs and staff stationed throughout the state so we can get to any school and provide on-the-ground support in 90 minutes or less. We shared all of these avenues with testing coordinators, technology directors, and directors of schools earlier this week, and that letter is here.

If you’re looking for some great inspiration to rock TNReady, take a few minutes and watch this great hype video from Station Camp Elementary. They’re ready to rock TNReady, and we know students and teachers across the state are, too.

Tennesseans for Student Success Calls for Renewed Commitment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2018

CONTACT: Ashley Elizabeth Graham
615-983-6215 press@tnsuccess.org

Tennesseans for Student Success Calls for Renewed Commitment

 

NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success released the following statement today calling for a renewed commitment to Tennessee’s student-centered education policies.

From President and CEO Adam Lister:

“Today’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results show Tennessee’s students, overall, held ground gained in recent years. In national rankings, they rose to 34th in 4th Grade Reading and 35th in 8th Grade Math and fell to 34th in 4th Grade Math and 38th in 8th Grade Reading. The reforms that led to being named the fastest improving state in the nation in education on the last two NAEP reports remain a necessary and critical part of the ongoing work for student success. While today’s report does not show another dramatic rise in achievement, it does demonstrate sustainable, ongoing, and repeatable growth remains possible for every Tennessee classroom.

“The policies that drove Tennessee to be named the fastest improving state in the nation in education on the last two NAEP reports remain a necessary and integral part of the ongoing work for student success. Students across the state continue to demonstrate an ability to rise to a challenge and have, year-over-year, realized greater levels of achievement in the classroom when compared to the students that came before them. This announcement then gives further evidence for not only continuing these reforms – higher academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, accountability for everyone in the classroom, and more choices in public education – but for demanding that the next Governor and General Assembly push to accelerate the work driving student gains.

“Administered over 18 months ago, the latest NAEP assessment results are another reminder about the importance of intentionality and focus on improving student achievement, growth, and success. As our students will continue to compete for jobs, university acceptance, and placement in the Armed Forces with students from across the country, we are proud they continue to perform well when measured against other states, but there is still work to be done. We know our students can do better. With a continued focus on championing and aggressively supporting student achievement, we know we can do better for them.”

For more information about the policies and priorities championed by Tennesseans for Student Success, visit www.tnsuccess.org.