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NASHVILLE—Tennessee House Democrats today blasted the statewide school assessment testing system known as TN Ready, saying the system hasn’t worked correctly in the four-years it’s been in existence.  “Every year we experience failure after failure and problem after problem,” State Representative Antonio Parkinson (Memphis) said today.  “We are supposed to use these tests to assess the progress our schools are making, our school districts are making, our students are making and our teachers are making.  It’s time to start making assessments about the progress our Department of Education is making.”  The on-line tests experienced connectivity problems yesterday across the state, followed by apparently different connection problems today. Education officials said on Twitter that today’s issues may have been attributable to a cyber “attack”.  Two years ago, the assessment tests had to be cancelled in some grades due to a massive platform failure.  Other grades had to take paper-and-pencil tests.  That caused the platform vendor to be fired and replaced with a new vendor.  After a phase-in period last year, the full set of on-line tests was supposed to be administered this year, and then this occurred.  Rep. Bo Mitchell (Nashville) said it’s “disappointing that our TN Department of Education has failed our kids and teachers again.  It’s time to place the Education Department on the priority department list for takeover.” 


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