Most of the local districts were among schools across the state caught up in a snag regarding logging on to the TNReady online testing platform Monday morning.
Shelby County Schools students had trouble, Chief of Communications Natalia Powers said. But schools resumed testing around 10:30 a.m. after the state notified the district the problem was fixed.
Only high schools test all students online, Powers said.
The majority of middle school students take paper tests. Middle school students who have high school courses with end of course exams test online for those classes only, she said.
There are several dates within the testing window, and schools may adjust their testing schedules as needed to accomplish testing during the window, Powers said.
The Lakeland School System rescheduled the day’s tests at Lakeland Elementary, Superintendent Ted Horrell said.
He said in every classroom, only a small handful of students were able to log into the system. Teachers didn’t want just one or two students taking the test, so it was scrapped for everyone until Tuesday.
In Collierville, online testing was suspended Monday morning for grades 6-12 after experiencing multiple difficulties with the state testing platform, Jeff Jones, the district’s chief of staff, said in a statement.
Paper and pencil testing in Collierville’s elementary schools continued as scheduled.
“We hope to resume testing at all grade levels (Tuesday) morning, once we receive additional information from the Tennessee Department of Education,” Jones said.
The Germantown Municipal School district successfully concluded TNReady testing at Houston High School, Kate Crowder, communications coordinator, said via email.
There were some login issues at the beginning of the testing process Monday morning, but the state resolved those issues, Crowder said.
Bartlett City Schools suspended testing on Monday, but expects to resume on Tuesday, Jason Sykes, communications, volunteer and outreach coordinator, said in email.
Millington Municipal Schools weren’t left out.
“We did experience many of the same issues this morning during testing that other districts reported. However, at this time, the issues in our district appear to have been resolved,” Stacy Ross, supervisor of human resources and public relations, said in an emailed statement.
Only Arlington Community Schools dodged the problems that plagued so many other school districts on Monday.
“Our online testing doesn’t start until Wednesday. So we didn’t go through any of that,” said Tyler Hill, communications coordinator.
In an email just before 10:30 a.m., state Commissioner Candice McQueen told school directors testing has resumed.
“We apologize for the issues this morning,” McQueen said. “I will send an end of the day report with more detail.”