Frustration in Shelby County Schools after state leaders admit incorrectly scored TNReady tests

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Teachers, parents, and leaders with Shelby County Schools are demanding accountability after state education leaders admitted thousands of TNReady tests were incorrectly scored this spring.

More than 1,000 of those bad standardized tests were given to students in SCS.

It’s the latest in a string of blunders with TNReady in recent years.

SCS leaders said they’ll be calling state education leaders this week to get to the bottom of what happened.

Meanwhile, state education leaders assure the scanner programming error impacted less than 1% of all tests and didn’t impact the overall statewide results.

“This is not a matter to be taken lightly. Our students’ future placement is determined by these scores,” Tikeila Rucker with the United Education Association of Shelby County said.

      Rucker and others with SCS shared a similar frustration Monday morning after the state admitted more than 1,000 TNReady tests in the district were scored incorrectly, potentially impacting 230 teachers statewide.

“It has an impact on student performance, it has an impact on teacher evaluation,” Shante Avant with the Shelby County Board of Education said.

“When we are not accurate, it just casts a cloud of doubt over the whole process,” SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said.

This isn’t the first TNReady testing error.

Last year, a crash on the only system during TNReady testing forced the state to cancel its previous contractor and replace it with Questar Assessment.

In April, SCS students took most of the TNReady tests using paper and pencils.

“For three years we have had disastrous results from these tests, yet no one has been accountable,” Rucker said.

In a statement, a TN Department of Education spokesperson said, “Questar has taken full responsibility, apologized and is working with the department to provide accurate score reports for families.”

Monday, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell requested a hearing on the inaccurate TNReady test scores and testing system in general.

State education leaders said no tests in grades 3-8 were affected.

A state education spokesperson said Questar correctly re-scored the tests and are processing new score reports for those students to distribute to districts. 

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