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Technology Failure Affects TNReady Testing

Posted at 11:21 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 21:49:07-05

A technology failure at the state level has affected the schedule for TNReady assessment testing, and will force students to take the test with paper and pencil.

Officials with Rutherford County Schools sent an alert to parents Monday morning, saying a technical problem prevented them from continuing the test.

The message was sent at 10:45 a.m.

They also released a statement that read in part:

"We want to emphasize that this technology failure was not caused by Rutherford County Schools. Our network and new computers worked as they were intended. We are eagerly awaiting an update from the state about when and how we should move forward. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we wait to receive a response from state education officials. We will keep parents informed with all pertinent information." 

Officials sent a letter to school directors Monday afternoon, saying the issues came from the Measurement Incorporated's (MIST) platform. 

The statement said Measurement Inc. experienced a severe network outage, causing significant problems with the MIST platform.

"Like you, we are incredibly disappointed that the MIST platform was not accessible to schools across the state as the Part I testing window opened," the letter stated.

The letter went on to say even with may improvements to the system during recent months, the problems have continued to occur, and officials were not confident in the system.

"Moving forward, during the 2015-16 school year TNReady will be administered via paper and pencil (both Part I and Part II)," officials said.

TNReady is the state's new TCAP test in English language arts and math for grades 3-11. Read more about it.