The biggest hang-up with standardized testing in Tennessee this year seems to be the turnaround time for grading. Many of the scores won't be ready in time to be included in final report cards. Scoring of TNReady has been slowed down because most districts opted to stick with paper-based tests after last year's failed attempt to go paperless.
The state's policy is that if schools don't have grades back with less than a week to go, they're allowed to move ahead on report cards without the standardized tests. That's likely a relief for many students since TNReady is a much harder exam than its predecessor, TCAP.
Metro Schools says in a statement it sent the testing materials back to the vendor for grading two days after the first cutoff. Rutherford County notes that scores will still be used to measure teacher effectiveness and overall school performance.
By contrast, high-performing Williamson County chose to delay issuing report cards by a week so the TNReady standardized test scores could be included.
The state department of education says less than a quarter of districts finished testing in time to get the results by the end of May. For those that did wrap up early, they started getting results back this week.