Make Sure Your Child Is TNReady for State Testing
Exam time is approaching for TNReady, but there’s still time to work with your child to make sure they’re prepared.
What is TNReady?
As the state has progressed to higher academic standards over the past several years, the tests have become better aligned to what educators are teaching in their classrooms every day. TNReady is designed to assess real student understanding of core subjects, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.
Parents and teachers have said these are the critical-thinking abilities they want our children to have to be successful, lifelong learners.
TNReady measures students’ understanding of current state standards in English language arts, math, social studies and science, but it is more than a state test. TNReady provides educators, parents and students with better information about how well students at every stage are progressing as they prepare for college and careers.
Helpful Tool: the Parent Guide
The Parent Guide to Being TNReady is a tool that offers a wealth of information to help parents prepare their child for TNReady. The guide provides details about when children will take TNReady, how long they will spend testing, what types of questions will be on the test and much more.
It’s never too early to start preparing your child for TNReady. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to support your child:
Help your child get ready to learn. Make sure your child is going to school every day well rested and ready.
Meet with your child’s teacher. Ask about your child’s strengths and areas to grow and how you can support them at home.
Talk to your child to get a sense of strengths and weaknesses. Get feedback from them on which subjects your child feels most comfortable in and where they are most challenged.
Challenge your child. When your child is working on homework or studying for a classroom test, ask them to explain what they are learning and let them be the teacher.
Set a good example by seeking out opportunities to learn. Let your child see you discovering new things and overcoming challenges, whether it be learning new information or a new skill.
Support for Students With Disabilities
All students with disabilities—those with an active Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan—are entitled to the appropriate accommodations that allow them to fully participate in state and district testing.
For information on accommodations for both instruction and assessment, check the Parent Guide to TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities.
Changes Now and in the Future
This year, TNReady will be administered between April 17 and May 5. Overall, the state test will be about 30 percent shorter than it was in 2015-16. For example, the average third grader will take state assessments for about 3.5 hours less than the previous year. The state is also advancing toward online assessments. Although students in grades 3-8 will take TNReady by pencil and paper again this year, districts have the option to test high school students online.
In addition, Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen says the state is “working on making results more actionable for parents and teachers, including taking steps over the next couple of years to provide better information faster than before.”
If you have additional questions about TNReady, talk to your child’s teacher or visit the 2016-17 Assessment FAQ page.