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Test scores will be lower, state warns
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Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has informed school districts that test scores are lower across the board.

First-year TNReady scores have been released and the results are not glowing.
According to Warren County Director of Schools Bobby Cox, the state’s scores are low. In mid-November, scores will be known for districts, schools, and students.
 “Our scores won’t be back until November but we do have the state scores,” said Cox. “The state scores dropped dramatically because the standards changed. The state wants us to educate the parents about that. Any time you make changes to the standards, the scores will go down. Your child is just as capable, but TNReady is more challenging.”
TNReady has more challenging questions and is based on a different, more rigorous, set of expectations developed by Tennessee educators.
TNReady looks at students’ problem-solving abilities and critical thinking skills, and it includes different types of questions, including some for which students did not have answers to choose from, like short response and fill in the blank.
For the first time, writing was included as a component in students’ English scores, and students were not allowed to use a calculator on parts of the math assessment in order to determine the depth of their understanding.
District, high school and individual student results will be shared with districts, schools, students and parents in mid-November. District and school results will be published on the state report card in December.
Students took new TNReady assessments in three subjects: English language arts, math, and social studies. Generally, on the three English end-of-course assessments, 8.3 percent of students are considered as having mastered their exam, 22 percent are on track, 42.4 percent are approaching, and 27.3 percent are below course expectations.
In high school math – which includes the traditional algebra I, algebra II, and geometry courses and the integrated math series – 3.7 percent of students are considered mastered, 17.1 percent are on track, 26.2 percent are approaching, and 53 percent are below expectations.
In U.S. history, 9.5 percent of students are considered mastered, 20.4 percent are on track, 34.6 percent are approaching, and 35.5 percent are below expectations.
Teacher evaluation data will also be available for educators later this month. District-level results will not be available until later this year.
Updates and more information about TNReady can be found at tnready.gov.