WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TNREADY SCORES
Tennessee is resetting how we measure student achievement with
TNReady results for students in grades 10-12 being released in
November. This reset amounts to being more honest about how well
prepared students are for the next grade and beyond. While the
scores will look different, the information TNReady provides will
equip teachers and parents to work together in helping every
student achieve more.
A better measure of student achievement keeps students
on the right track. Our students deserve an education that
prepares them for success after high school. When students go on to
pursue a military career, a four-year degree, or career
certification, they need to be able to solve problems, think
critically, and communicate clearly. Based on extensive feedback
from Tennessee educators, TNReady was designed to measure your
child's progress in building those real-world skills and to give
you and teachers guidance on how to help the learning continue.
The TNReady scores look different. TNReady is
being scored based on input from Tennessee teachers about the
knowledge and skills a student needs to be on grade level and
progressing toward being fully prepared at graduation for a wide
range of postsecondary options. The scoring of TNReady matches what
has been seen on ACT, where only 17 percent of graduates from
public schools have scored as ready for college and career. With
TNReady results, parents will get each year, not just once in high
school, a realistic view of where students are excelling and where
they need more support. This information will empower and you and
teachers to help your student be ready for future opportunities
like college-credit courses, ACT, university placement tests,
military entrance exams, and Tennessee Promise.
Students are setting a new baseline for themselves with
their first TNReady results. This year's scores cannot be
compared to last year's TCAP, and it isn't fair to students or
teachers to try to do that. Your child is just as capable, but
TNReady is more challenging in a couple of ways. First, the test
measures performance against higher expectations that reflect what
students need to know to succeed in the 21st century.
Second, the test includes new kinds of questions students haven't
encountered before. Some questions don't offer a list of answers to
choose from, and some problems must be solved without a calculator.
As students adjust to the new test, we should expect many of them
will be Level 1 or 2 on TNReady in the beginning. To ease the
transition, the state is moving to reduce the impact TNReady will
have on grades.
Tennessee students have shown us they rise to the
challenge when our expectations are high.
Tennessee went through a similar reset on assessment scores with
TCAP in 2011, and it was followed by a growth spurt in student
achievement never before seen in our state. Since 2013, Tennessee
has led the nation in academic growth in English, math, and
science. Why has that happened? One important reason is that our
teachers and students developed a growth mindset to learn more and
learn faster each year. Because teachers and students have embraced
this growth mindset, we can expect student achievement scores to
begin rebounding quickly.