A time change – for your clocks and for TNReady.

TNReady is our state’s new end-of-year assessment for students in grades 3 through 12. Important changes have been made to significantly reduce the amount of class time that this test takes up while preserving the quality of the assessment, ensuring students have the time they need to show what they can do and producing the kind of information parents, teachers, and districts require to support Tennessee children. These are the five things you should know about TNReady and the upcoming test time changes.

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The new TNReady testing schedule will take up 30% less of your child’s class time in the coming year.

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On average, elementary and middle school students will have two fewer hours of TNReady 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. For more information about TNReady and resources to support your child, please review the Tennessee Department of Education’s Parent Guide to Being TNReady and visit the Expect More, Achieve More parent page.

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TNReady testing has been moved to the end of the school year to increase instructional time and to better accommodate the regular school calendar.

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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. For more information about TNReady and resources to support your child, please review the Tennessee Department of Education’s Parent Guide to Being TNReady and visit the Expect More, Achieve More parent page.

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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.

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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. (Note: TNReady high school chemistry and biology exams form an exception and are not broken into subparts.) 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 to your child’s grade and best fits with their class and school schedules. For more information about TNReady and resources to support your child, please review the Tennessee Department of Education’s Parent Guide to Being TNReady and visit the Expect More, Achieve More parent page.

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Most students will take TNReady on paper in the coming year.

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Most students will take TNReady on paper in the coming year as the state works to ensure all schools are ready for online testing. Similar to previous tests, students in grades 3 through 8 will take TNReady only on paper. 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 education resources in school and take some tests online, but TNReady online will only be implemented broadly once local administrators and state officials are confident that students and schools are ready. For more information about TNReady and resources to support your child, please review the Tennessee Department of Education’s Parent Guide to Being TNReady and visit the Expect More, Achieve More parent page.

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TNReady is only one measure of how well your child is performing academically.

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TNReady provides detailed end-of-year feedback about how your child is progressing toward meeting grade-level expectations and mastering important skills, and it will help show where a student 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. For more information about TNReady and resources to support your child, please review the Tennessee Department of Education’s Parent Guide to Being TNReady and visit the Expect More, Achieve More parent page.

The Expect More, Achieve More Coalition wants every Tennessee student to graduate ready to take on the world and win. We provide information and support to K-12 educators and parents so they can help students meet high academic expectations, develop real-world skills, and show what they know and can do on high-quality annual state assessments.