May 22, 2018
Everyone in the classroom should be accountable for the success of that classroom.
It’s such a core belief of ours that it’s one of our four policy priorities and a guiding principle of the work we do at Tennesseans for Student Success. Everyone, from teachers and students to administrators and superintendents, has to be accountable for success. That accountability doesn’t stop at a school’s front door – we must also ensure our elected and appointed state officials are accountable for student success.
Recently, after another round of challenges in TNReady, Commissioner McQueen released guidance for the use of this year’s assessment data. We wanted to share that with you:
Hearing from frustrated teachers, parents, and administrators, elected officials spent the last few days of the session debating how best to handle TNReady this year. Tennesseans for Student Success understands the frustration found in our classrooms when we are all ready for an assessment that doesn’t work as expected.
The information students, teachers, and parents receive from a once-a-year assessment, and an assessment that aligns with the standards taught all year is critical. That data is how everyone in the classroom can make certain every child in the classroom is on the right track. As we move forward in thoughtful conversations with you, with our partners, and with our elected officials about how to protect the integrity of the assessment in the years to come, we will do so with the assessment’s value for every student in Tennessee in mind.