Tenn. Schools 'Woefully Unprepared' for Upcoming Online Assessments

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Like a lot of school districts across the state, Sumner County Schools are ill-prepared for new online assessments students are required to begin taking in the 2014-15 school year, school officials say.

The state committed to doing away with the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Achievement Test (TCAP) with its Race to the Top application and waiver from No Child Left Behind. In its place, Tennessee became one of about two dozen states to join the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. The new PARCC Assessment will be given online. It measures math and language skills for grades 3-11.

School officials say they’re uneasy about whether adequate upgrades can be made to the district’s outdated technology infrastructure in time for the new online assessments.

“Internally, it causes us a lot of stress,” Director of Schools Del Phillips told school board members at a Jan. 8 study session.

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