TEA issued the following statement to media statewide today, Monday, Feb. 8:
TEA has long had concerns about this transition to a statewide online assessment. We have seen problems with pilot assessments and practice tests in the past, and unfortunately the first day of TNReady resulted in more issues and frustrations for our students and teachers.
Leading up to today's testing, we have heard from educators and parents statewide about concerns with the state's capacity to handle so many students on the server at one time, as well as concerns about local districts having enough resources to complete the testing with so little funding from the state.
It is unacceptable to have this kind of statewide failure when the state has tied so many high-stakes decisions to the results of this assessment. Our students and teachers have enough stress and anxiety around these assessments without adding additional worries about technical issues.
The state must grant a one-year waiver - at a minimum - from including TNReady scores in teacher evaluations. It is unfair and inappropriate to stake our teachers' professional standing on flawed, unreliable test scores in any year, but there are even greater implications and uncertainty while implementing a new assessment.