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What is TN Ready?

TNReady is the state’s new student achievement assessment in reading, writing, and math in grades 3–11 designed to assess what is being taught in Tennessee’s classrooms.

TNReady has been developed by Tennessee educators to better assess student knowledge, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills – in short, all the things students will need to succeed following high school.

TNReady will replace the state’s TCAP multiple-choice only tests in reading and math and will include a variety of question types as well as writing.  

Why TN Ready?

Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the TNReady assessment will provide students, teachers, and parents with more detailed, accurate, and authentic information about each student’s progress and achievement in the classroom.

Teachers and parents want to know how their students are doing in school and where they need to improve.  Just as we take our children to the doctor for their annual check-ups, TNReady offers parents, students and teachers with a new and improved academic check-up each year to make sure all students are moving forward and are track to graduate from high school and be successful in college or the workplace. TNReady is more than just a new “TCAP.” It is a new way to assess what our students know and what we can do to help them succeed in the future.

How will TN Ready work?

TNReady will be more engaging for students because they are interactive and taken online. This also makes the results easier for teachers to view and share.  

In reading and writing – students will read from texts and provide written responses to support their answers.

In math – students will solve multi-step problems, many without using a calculator, to show what they know. Much like teachers already do in their classrooms, TNReady will give students a variety of new ways to show what they really know and can do. 

How will we be successful now with TN Ready?

The best preparation for TNReady will come from high quality teaching and engaged student learning taking place throughout the year. Students, parents and teachers will have early and free access to online TNReady practice tools to ensure students are ready for the types of test questions that will appear on the assessment. Local schools and school systems will also have greater flexibility in scheduling TNReady tests to better help students prepare and to minimize interference with teaching and learning in the classrooms.

Still, with any new test – and especially one that moves beyond just the traditional multiple-choice tests to assess what students really know and can do – first-year test scores will drop when compared to the current TCAP assessment, as students and teachers rise to new expectations. Tennesseans have proven that students and teachers respond quickly to higher expectations and new assessments. We exp