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The Tennessee Department of Education has reported that 266 high schools across the state successfully completed TNReady fall block end-of-course testing completely online.Nearly 120,000 TNReady EOC …
The Tennessee Department of Education has reported that 266 high schools across the state successfully completed TNReady fall block end-of-course testing completely online.
Nearly 120,000 TNReady EOC tests, which included more than 300,000 subparts, were taken on the online Nextera platform over the course of the three-week testing window.
“We are proud of our students, and we greatly appreciate the time and energy our educators spent to ensure that students were ready for this moment, both academically and technologically," said state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.
Because the online process allows for students’ exams to be immediately uploaded, scoring was able to begin by late November. This past fall, the department also implemented new improvements in data flow and optimization to allow for students’ scores to be returned quickly.
All high school students are taking TNReady online this year, with the online platform being optional for students in grades 5-8. In Tennessee, high schools are either structured with a traditional schedule — meaning students take one course over two semesters — or a block schedule, where one course is fit within a single semester, similar to a college class.
Students take their EOC exam at the conclusion of the course, either in the fall or the spring. There are 97 school districts in Tennessee which have some or all of their high schools on fall block schedules.
The experience students had during the testing window is the culmination of many months of work by hundreds of people, including district staff, department staff and vendors.
Department officials say they were "proactive" in preparing for the online testing. They "anticipated risks, designed mitigations, and repeatedly tested platforms, content, and user experiences." During the fall semester, more than 160,000 practice sessions were completed on Nextera, which they say likely helped further students’ ability to successfully use the online platform.
"We always want assessment to be a moment to celebrate what students know, and having a smooth online administration allows assessment to be a seamless part of the teaching and learning cycle so we can focus on using these results to better support students," McQueen said. "Now we are looking to build on this successful administration as we quickly return raw scores and move ahead into preparations for the spring.”
Department officials also say they received "overwhelmingly positive feedback" from districts about the online administration.
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