Computer glitches halt first day of student tests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s brand new online school assessment test, known as TNReady, has crashed due to computer-networking glitches, forcing officials across the state to halt testing on the first day of its rollout.

It’s unclear how many schools were affected.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent an urgent email to school directors Monday morning saying there were major outages across Tennessee caused by a computer network used by a state vendor.

This is the first year that students have taken the assessment test online. Officials say the computer network used by vendor Measurement Inc. experienced a failure. McQueen advised schools that were experiencing problems to discontinue testing.

TNReady assesses math and English skills for grades 3-11. Supporters say it does a better job of assessing critical thinking skills than the previous test.

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