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TNReady glitch more than just inconvenience for students, teachers, parents

(Fox 17 News)

Another failure for Tennessee Ready caused more than just an inconvenience for students, parents and teachers on Monday.

The Tennessee Department of Education said some students could not log on to take the standardized tests on Monday or they had unacceptable log in delays.

This is the start of a three-week window for the high-stakes state exams. The log in problem delayed online testing for several 5th to 11th graders.

Metro Nashville eighth graders Maisy Williams and Rebecca Hoyt said they have been gearing up for TNReady testing this week.

“I'm pretty sure it makes all of us nervous,” Maisy Williams said.

“It's added to all the stress of normal school and regular homework,” Rebecca Hoyt said.

Rebecca’s mom Lyn Hoyt said it’s a lot for students to handle.

“My eight grader worries a lot,” Lyn Hoyt said. “She's afraid of what it will do for her school and her teachers. She wants to do well.”

Tennessee Education Association Executive Director Carolyn Crowder said there’s a lot riding on these test scores for educators.

“The fate of schools," Crowder said. “Test scores are part of a teacher's evaluation, and some of our districts they're part of a teacher's pay. And yet the state can't get the testing system to be reliable.”

Crowder said TNReady has had issues each year since she came to the TN Education Association for the 2013-2014 school year.

“Instead of trying to figure out some test and making sure it works well, we should be working on how can we spend the best amount of our time teaching the children,” Crowder said.

The glitch forced Wilson County Schools to suspend testing Monday.

In Williamson County Schools, most students could not access the tests. This sparked lots of social media reaction from frustrated parents like Dawn Palmer whose Facebook post said the tests “take away from key instruction time.”

“This is our tax dollars going to be spent on all this testing,” Lyn Hoyt said. “The department of education needs to figure out what's going on, and everyone needs to be held accountable just like they're holding our children and our teachers accountable.”

The Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner said more than 20,000 test sessions have started and/or been completed.

With the issue resolved, the commissioner said they feel good going into testing Tuesday.

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