For Teachers

To help students learn more, teachers need good data about where children are excelling and where they need more support. That’s why assessments like TNReady are an important part of the learning cycle. TNReady was designed with feedback from Tennessee educators to create a summative assessment that is aligned with the academic standards teachers use every day in the classroom. Teachers can build a learning partnership with parents and students by explaining how they use assessment data in their instruction.

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The Instructional Value of TNReady

New Assessments for New Standards

TNReady was developed by Tennessee teachers and education experts to go hand in hand with the Tennessee-designed academic standards, so students are being tested on what they’re actually learning.

Close Alignment with Classroom Instruction

TNReady mirrors the kind of high-quality work students are already doing in their classrooms, so the best preparation for TNReady is day-to-day instruction from Tennessee teachers. Less test preparation, more instruction.

21st Century Skills

TNReady is designed to measure whether students are actually on track for the next grade and are acquiring the 21st Century skills necessary to be prepared for college or a career by graduation.

Improved Score Reports

The TNReady score reports will provide more in-depth feedback than any previous statewide assessment about a student’s subject-specific skills and knowledge. Good data help support great teaching and learning.


What Parents and Students Need to Know

TNReady is a test that really matters. Here’s why:

  • TNReady measures students on real world skills and real understanding of the lessons covered in class.
  • TNReady results reveal what students have learned and what teachers, parents, and students – working together – can do to make sure the learning and growing continue.
  • TNReady helps students stay on track to make the most of every opportunity ahead – college placement tests, military entrance exams, and Tennessee Promise.


Tennessee Education Milestones

Student-Focused Accomplishments

  • 2010: Tennessee adopts higher academic standards and plans new state assessments.
  • 2013: Tennessee is the fastest-improving state on the Nation’s Report Card.
  • 2015: Tennessee students rise to 25th in the nation on the Nation’s Report Card for fourth-grade math after ranking 46th just four years before. It’s the first time Tennessee students ranked in the top half of states.
  • 2016: The Nation’s Report Card shows that Tennessee students rank in the top half nationally in fourth- and eighth-grade science.

Student-Focused Goals

  • Tennessee continues to be among the fastest-improving states in the country and ranks in the top half of all states in student achievement.
  • Our state closes all student achievement gaps — at every grade level and subject area — by income, race, geographic location, and student need.
  • Every Tennessee student graduates from high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.
  • The new baseline set by TNReady helps Tennessee teachers and parents support greater student success on the previous goals.

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Teacher To Teacher: Using TNReady Results For Better Instruction


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.