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Williamson County Schools encountering issues with TNReady testing

Williamson County Schools encountering issues with TNReady testing

In Rutherford County, some students were able to log on and begin testing Tuesday.

After numerous school districts across the state experienced problems on the first day of testing for TNReady, issues continued on the second day, and the Tennessee Department of Education said it was due to a "deliberate attack".

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The much-derided Common Core tests being administered in NY state got another black eye last week when students in some schools had trouble taking electronic versions of English exams.

Frustration has mounted over TNReady since the 2015-16 school year when the spring test could not be administered online.

McQueen said officials believe the testing issues are a deliberate attack based on the way "traffic is presenting itself". "After a phase-in period last year, the full set of on-line tests was supposed to be administered this year, and then this occurred". Again, the software is created to save students' work, so if their testing session is disrupted, they can resume and submit their answers later. That kept vulnerable student data from being intercepted.

They said they have contacted Questar Assessment, Inc. about the connectivity issue and is awaiting further information about the cause of the problem and any steps the company has taken to prevent any future disruption. He says the state should stick with them until it works out the kinks with TNReady.

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Other schools were scheduled to resume testing Tuesday morning.

Students were already reporting problems with the online system Tuesday morning.

Washington County Assistant Director of Schools Bill Flanary said almost every school in his system has experienced multiple problems related to administering the online TNReady test. We will notify you when the system is back up, and the students can return to that device and submit.

His amendment would simply require the state to go to paper testing. He felt confident the state could roll out a paper test "between now and next year that will truly evaluate and fairly allow these children to show the hard work they've put in".

"To make sure everything was where it needed to be on our end, the paper tests - all stored properly", said Dr. Jon Rysewyk, Chief Academic Officer for Knox County Schools.

Name SearchWatch Service' Harry Brooks and John Forgety, chairs of House education committees, and talk to Questar officials to find out what happened.


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