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Student testing time reduced by 30 percent

Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Local education leaders are pleased with Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen’s recent announcement of significant changes to state assessments.

In response to feedback from educators, parents, and students, changes to state assessments include eliminating Part I in all subjects, restructuring the test to better fit within the school day and year and reducing overall testing time.

The changes come as the state department finalizes its contract with Questar, the primary vendor for the 2016-17 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).

“We have learned a tremendous amount from our testing experience this past year, and we want to make the right adjustments to create a positive, balanced culture around testing in Tennessee’s classrooms,” McQueen said in making the announcement.

“These adjustments will give educators a greater ability to maximize rich, well-rounded instruction for all our students. We are still working toward the same goal of providing aligned, rigorous assessments to measure what our students know and can do, but now we have a smarter logistical approach and a strong partnership with Questar to achieve this goal.”

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