Warren County Director of Schools Bobby Cox reports it’s not likely the local school system is going to use TN Ready tests and scores.
“We knew our scores weren’t going to be back in time,” explained Cox. “Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill to hold harmless students and teachers and that means hold harmless. Teachers want to be held accountable, but even in the written tests, the directions aren’t well written and are confusing to teachers.”
Last Monday, some students were unable to log on to take the online TN Ready test. Others were able to log on, but couldn’t finish and some couldn’t access the site at all. Intermittent problems with the test continued last week.
Cox said now local educators are waiting for state officials, who say they are determining “additional guidance” to provide districts on how the state will comply with the U.S. Department of Education.
However, educators are still left wondering how the TN Ready scores will affect their Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System scores since 20 percent of teacher evaluation scores are tied to TN Ready results. This determines an educator’s pay.
Another update will be provided at the Warren County School Board meeting this Thursday, April 26, beginning with committee meetings at 5 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Warren County Schools Central Office.