Top 5 TNReady Changes

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  • 1) The new TNReady testing schedule will take up 30% less of your child's class time in the coming year. On average, elementary and middle school students will have two fewer hours of testing, and high school testing will be reduced by about one hour per course. Teachers and other education experts across Tennessee have provided input on these changes to ensure students have enough time to successfully take the test while opening up more time for regular instruction and activities. The new TNReady test schedule is now similar to previous Tennessee state test schedules that students and teachers are more familiar with. The goal is having the right amount of TNReady testing to maximize student success.


  • 2) TNReady testing has been moved to the end of the school year to increase instructional time and to better accommodate the regular school calendar. TNReady testing was originally scheduled at two different times during a school year, but in response to feedback from teachers and administrators, it has been consolidated and shortened into a single state testing window between April 17 and May 5, which is one week shorter than scheduled last year. Your child's school will determine students' testing schedules during this window to meet their needs and to maximize instructional time and regular school activities.


  • 3) TNReady testing has been broken up into shorter subparts to better fit regular classroom schedules and to increase time for regular instruction and school activities. TNReady is actually a series of smaller subtests in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science that students will now take over the course of a couple of weeks at the end of the school year. Most subparts have been shortened - sometimes as short as 30 minutes - to better fit into the normal school day. Your child's school will determine the specific schedule of subtests during the state test window that is appropriate for your child's grade and best fits with their class and school schedules. While students may take more than one subpart in a day, they will generally sit for only 30 to 60 minutes of TNReady testing at a time. (The only exceptions are the high school chemistry and biology exams, which are not broken into subparts and will be 75 minutes each.)


  • 4) All students in grades 3-8 will take TNReady on paper in the coming year as the state works to ensure schools are ready for online testing. Districts will have the option to test high school students online if they and the state's test vendor, Questar, demonstrate readiness. Tennessee students increasingly engage with digital resources, but TNReady will only be fully implemented online when local administrators and state officials are confident that students and schools are ready.


  • 5) TNReady is only one measure of how well your child is performing academically. It provides detailed end-of-year feedback about how your child is progressing toward meeting grade-level expectations and mastering important skills, and shows where he or she excels or needs more support. The new assessment has been developed with input from teachers to match what students are doing in the classroom on a daily basis. Results from the new assessments and new parent score reports about the assessment results will offer more detailed information about your child's learning. The TNReady feedback, when combined with grades, teacher feedback, and scores on other tests, will help create a more complete picture of how well your child is performing in school. This will help you and your child's teacher work together to help your child be prepared for the next grade and ultimately be college and career ready by graduation.