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October 18, 2017

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New baseline set with TNReady test results 

Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent  

NASHVILLE – Less than 10 percent of Tennessee students in third through eighth grades have mastered either English or math, according to the results of the 2017 TNReady tests, state education commissioner Candice McQueen reported last week. 

She said 5.7 percent who took the test were considered to have mastered English, with another 28.1 percent on track. In math, 8.9 percent are considered to have mastered that subject and another 29.1 percent are on track. Approximately 60 percent are considered to be approaching or below grade level expectations in each course.  

Science scores were somewhat better. McQueen said 16.3 percent are rated advanced and 42.2 percent rated proficient. 

This was the second year of the TNReady testing program. It replaced the old TCAP test format in 2016. 

“Students have now set a new baseline for future growth that reflects the high bar we are holding for all of our students,” McQueen said.  

“This is a key moment for our state, as we are now transitioning to the point where we have a true understanding of where our students are from elementary through high school, and we can use that information to better support their growth,” she said. 

Scores for school districts and individual schools will be released later in the fall, McQueen said. 

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