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Watch the TNReady Scoring Update Webinar

Wednesday, October 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Audrey Shores
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As flaws with the new assessments and vendors continue, our members continue to call on us to advocate for separating assessment results from their evaluations, which have an impact on their futures and careers. 


We look forward to working with the Tennessee Department of Education, policymakers and other education stakeholders to resolve ongoing issues.



  • The department conducts multiple data quality checks to ensure all assessment data is accurate and provides an embargo period for districts to closely review their data and report any concerns or questions to the department. During this embargo period, an error was discovered that Questar, our assessment vendor, investigated.
  • When the potential error was found, Questar did an extensive review of the tests in question and all other tests. In total, 9,400 assessments out of 1.9 million, less than 1 percent of all assessments, were affected by this issue. Of the 9,400 impacted assessments less than 1,700 students had a change in performance level, 94% of which changed to a higher performance level.
  • The assessments impacted were some English I & II and Integrated Math II end-of-course exams. Only 5 form versions of these end-of-course exams were scored incorrectly – out of 275 versions of the EOC tests administered across all content areas.
  • Assessments for grades 3-8 were not impacted.
  • The EOC scoring issue impacted about 70 schools (out of 1,800) in 33 districts (out of 146). Because relatively few – 0.3% – tests had performance level changes, there is no impact to the statewide results.
  • The multiple quality checks in place at the vendor, state, and district levels prevented this error from impacting any accountability determinations.
  • Additionally, the department will update the individual TVAAS growth measures for the 230 teachers who may be impacted by these student score changes for EOC. We are reaching out to those educators to let them know about this issue through TNCompass.
  • Questar has taken full responsibility for the error and has correctly re-scored, at no cost to the state, the impacted assessments. The corrected results have already been returned to districts.
  • The data quality process effectively identified this issue in partnership with districts, and we will continue to conduct rigorous data quality checks going forward and will continue to be transparent in our reporting. Additionally, as the state moves to online assessments these types of data errors associated with the scanner programming will be less likely.
  • Though we have reported more than 99% of grades 3-8 and EOC score data correctly, we expect 100% accuracy. We hold our vendor and ourselves to the highest standard of delivery because that is what students, teachers, and families in Tennessee deserve.
  • Our educators work tirelessly to help students prepare for success. TNReady results help teachers, students, and parents learn about students’ strengths and areas for growth, and they provide specific feedback that can help parents understand how they can to best support their child.

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