• Teachers, parents speak out after more issues with TNReady test scores

    By: Tony Atkins


    Parents and teachers are seeking accountability after another round of issues with incorrect TNReady test scores.


    “When you have such high-stakes consequences for what happens, you have to have confidence that the results are accurate,” said SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.


    Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson - one of many people calling for accuracy after learning of around one-thousand TN Ready  scores that were score inaccurately in the district.


    “Teachers’ compensations are in the balance. Their jobs are in the balance,” Hopson said.

    Monday morning, the superintendent joined members of the school board and the United Education Association of Shelby County.


    Of the thousand tests affected in Shelby County, Hopson says about 300 were from Whitehaven, 250 from Kirby and about 100 more from East High School.


    Tikeila Rucker, President of the UEA, said after millions of dollars spent on standardized tests - it is time for state leaders to be held accountable. “This is the third year in a row we’ve received issues regarding TN ready,” Rucker said.


    “Placement is determined by these scores. Teachers lose their jobs because of these scores. The school is taken over by the state because of these scores.,” Rucker said.


    The Tennessee State Department, which says of its 1.9 million Tennessee Ready test exams, 99 percent are accurate.


    It says it will continue to get to 100 percent accuracy in the future.

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