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TN Ready online testing on hold for Sullivan County Schools; other districts resume Wednesday

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TN Ready online testing on hold for Sullivan County Schools; other districts resume Wednesday


THE TOP ADMINISTRATOR IN THE TRI-CITIES LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEM SAYS ON-LINE TESTING IS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THAT’S AFTER SYSTEMS STATEWIDE HAD PROBLEMS ADMINISTERING THE T-N READY STANDARDIZED EXAMS. THIS MORNING THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TWEETED THAT QUESTAR – THE COMPANY HIRED TO THE ADMINISTER AND SCORE THE TEST – POSSIBLY WAS THE TARGET OF AN INTENTIONAL CYBER ATTACK. LATER IN THE DAY – THE STATE SAID PROBLEMS HAD BEEN RESOLVED. AS A RESULT OF THE PROBLEMS SULLIVAN COUNTY DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS EVELYN RAFALOWSKI TOLD NEWS CHANNEL 11, QUOTE — “WE WILL NOT RESUME ONLINE TESTING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.” END QUOTE. SHE SAID SULLIVAN COUNTY STUDENTS IN GRADES SIX- THROUGH TWELVE WERE IMPACTED. SO WERE STUDENTS IN KINGSPORT…. WASHINGTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE… GREENE COUNTY AND JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS. “OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STUDENTS ARE PREPARED TO BEGIN ONLINE ASSESSMENTS THIS WEEK IN GRADES 5-11 SO WE ARE DISCOURAGED, SLIGHTLY AT THIS TIME THAT TODAY WAS NOT MORE SUCCESSFUL.” KINGSPORT AND JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS PLAN TO RESUME TESTING IN THE MORNING. IN ELIZABETHTON – SUPERINTENDENT DR. CORY GARDENHOUR SAID AT TONIGHT’S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING THAT PROBLEMS LIKE TODAY’S ARE WHY HIS SYSTEM STILL USES OLDER METHODS. THERE MAY BE A FEW GLITCHES STILL WITH THE OVERALL PROGRAM. SO, WE CHOSE A LOT OF OURS TO BE PAPER WHICJ I THINK WE MAY CONTINUE UNTIL WE’RE FORCED TO DO OTHERWISE. MEANWHILE, SOME IN NASHVILLE THINK IT’S TIME THE STATE’S TOP EDUCATION OFFICIAL PAY THE PRICE FOR THE TN READY MISHAP. DEMOCRATS IN THE TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE CALLING FOR EDUCATION COMMISSIONER CANDACE MCQUEEN TO RESIGN. THE TENNESSEE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE CAUCUS ISSUED A NEWS RELEASE TONIGHT AND SLAMMING THE COMMISSIONER FOR PROBLEMS WITH STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC TESTING FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. JUST LAST MONTH, COMMISSIONER MCQUEEN ASSURED NEWS CHANNEL 11 TN READY EXAMS WERE READY TO GO. “WE FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE ACTUAL ONLINE ADMINISTRATION AND THE RESPONSE WE’RE GETTING ON THE USEABILITY OF THAT PLATFORM.” TONIGHT, ONE DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE SAID COMMISSIONER MCQUEEN HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM AND YET AGAIN HAS GOTTEN AN F ON THIS TEST. WE WANTED TO SEE WHAT OUR FACEBOOK VIEWERS THOUGHT ABOUT THE TENNESSEE READY TESTING…. MINDIE LIGHT SAYS, “THIS NEEDS TO STOP. SO UNFAIR TO THE KIDS WHO STRESS OVER THE TESTING ANYWAY.” END QUOTE. EARICK HIGGINS SAYS, “IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER WHEN IT WAS DONE ON PAPER INSTEAD OF COMPUTERS AND IPADS.” END QUOTE. AND MICHELLE BRUNSON SAYS, “JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS WERE AFFECTED. MY SON SAT IN ONE CLASS FOR OVER FOUR HOURS BECAUSE OF IT.” END QUOTE. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. JOIN THE DISCUSSION ON THE WJHL FACEBOOK PAGE.

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