I'm sure everyone has heard about the testing scandal here at our school. Going on its 4th year, technical problems have been a constant issue. This year it has happened again, and this time the technical problem included a deliberate attack on the testing system.
According to USA TODAY: The Tennessean says “On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Education announced a reported "deliberate attack" on its vendor Questar Assessment that caused the company to shut down the system. A company representative said several other states' testing was affected by the cyber attack.”
This attack not only affected our school, but high schools worldwide.
The attack came after launching the test, and numerous other problems followed. According to USA TODAY, “A State Office of Homeland Security spokeswoman on Friday also confirmed the agency has launched an investigation.”
Mr. Gravitte, the Assistant Principal, shared information about the TN Ready testing that was messed up last week. “The first three days, the testing platform was having various issues. I was informed about was that someone had attacked the testing systems. The State Department of Education started investigating the testing issues. It was obviously very frustrating for teachers and students because we thought that we would have to deal with this for the next few weeks. I believe in the online testing system because it is much more efficient. After those few days though, the testing went back to normal and has been pretty smooth.”
Will this affect student and teacher scores though?
“So far they said that they will be releasing test scores even with the shutdown, Mr. Gravitte stated, after we asked him about the effect on student’s scores, “but it will not affect teacher and student scores in a bad way.”
USA Today fortunately stated that “The Tennessee General Assembly struck a deal Thursday that will ensure this year's TNReady test won't be held against students, teachers and public school districts. The measure agreed upon by both chambers says test results this school year will count only if it benefits students, educators and districts. Districts can’t base employment or compensation decisions based on the data, the legislation says.”
The TN Ready testing has been flawed for the past four years, and legislation is trying to improve Tennessee testing “The promised move by Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen comes after issues once again arose with TNReady testing and the scrutiny that followed by state lawmakers. This task force has been critical in our work to improve the testing experience for students while providing better information to teachers and parents,” McQueen said in a news statement. “As in the past, I am confident that this group will continue to provide meaningful, actionable recommendations for improving both district and state assessment programs says USA Today.
Hopefully this improvement for the betterment of the students, and the testing will not be a double nightmare next year!!!
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