Severed Fiber Cable Impacts TNReady Testing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A number of school districts have been reporting more problems with TNReady testing due to a severed fiber between Nashville and Atlanta. 

“The telecommunications industry has confirmed the main fiber cable between Nashville and Atlanta has been cut. Telecommunication vendors are reaching out and calling impacted districts directly, and we will continue to keep you posted as we learn more from them,” the Department of Education said in a statement Thursday. 

Some Districts Experience ‘Slowdown' With TNReady Testing

Officials said right now, internet traffic is being routed to back-up channels -- causing some connectivity issues, particularly in the south. 

 “We wanted to make sure you were aware of the situation as soon as we had verification from the telecommunications providers. This is an issue related to local connectivity, not with the testing platform. Testing can continue, but connectivity may be slow in areas that are impacted until this is resolved.” 

Numerous issues have been reported with TNReady testing since it began. Multiple school districts reported issues, including Metro Nashville Public Schools, which reported issues in one high school that had trouble saving tests. 

The Republican-led House and Senate adjourned late Wednesday after passing legislation aimed to shield teachers from the snafu. Lawmakers were at an impasse for seven-plus hours over whether the additional legislation was necessary to address the cyberattack last week on TNReady's online testing vendor

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