WHEREAS, the Tennessee Department of Education informed Tennessee Public School Districts that, beginning with the 2015-16 school year, standardized student achievement testing would be administered under the new TNReady program; and
WHEREAS, the TNReady assessment was designed to reflect a major transition in both the nature of test items and the nature of student responses; and
WHEREAS, the TNReady assessment was further designed to be administered via a completely new platform (online testing versus paper and pencil format); and
WHEREAS, Millington Municipal Schools have devoted major resources over many months in a comprehensive initiative to prepare students, teachers, and parents for these new online tests; and
WHEREAS, the Tennessee Department of Education, in spite of multiple incidents that called into question the viability of the online testing platform, elected to proceed with the online administration; and
WHEREAS, shortly after the commencement of online testing on February 8th, the system failed statewide; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Education then decided to cancel online testing and administer the TNReady assessments in paper and pencil format, despite months of preparation for online testing; and
WHEREAS, this sequence of events raises significant concerns relative to both the validity of the eventual assessment results and the Tennessee Department of Education’s governance of this process.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Millington Board of Education that the Tennessee Department of Education should take immediate steps to ensure that no teacher or administrator is negatively impacted in any way relative to any measure of their professional performance as a result of the student outcomes from the 2016 administration of TNReady; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Millington Municipal School District’s student performance rating and accountability should not be negatively impacted in any way as a result of student outcomes from the 2016 administration of TNReady; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Tennessee Department of Education should take definitive steps, prior to implementation of any proposed student assessment, to ensure that any such mandated assessment 1) is thoroughly field tested with Tennessee public school students in order to demonstrate proper test validity, and 2) is administered via a platform that is sufficiently viable so as to make the entire process student friendly and fully functional.
Upon motion by Mr. Childress and seconded by Mr. Hurt, this resolution is adopted as of the 18th day of February, 2016.