Tennessee's top education official sent a message to teachers Tuesday: thanks for another year of hard work, have a great summer break, and here's some summer reading for you.
In an email and video, commissioner Candice McQueen reminds teachers that the state will begin using a new standardized test next year, replacing the TCAP. In some schools, TNReady will be administered online instead of on paper, but the biggest difference is the way it will ask questions of students. Instead of everything being multiple choice, kids in grades 3 through 11 will essentially be given essay questions in every subject. It's a paradigm shift, especially in math.
As of today, McQueen tells teachers they can prepare for next year by accessing samples that show how questions will be asked on the tests. However, they'll have to wait until September to find out the actual curriculum standards that the tests will cover.