TNReady online testing window extended by state officials after possible 'deliberate attack'

The glitchy rollout of TNReady to replace Tennessee's TCAP test is sparking debate and anxiety.

It looks like the TNReady is not so ready again today. ... This is becoming problematic."

On the second day of TNReady testing, state education officials made two major announcements Tuesday - the company handling Tennessee's statewide testing experienced a "deliberate" online attack and as a result the testing timeline will be extended to mitigate potential interruptions.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent multiple updates to directors of school systems across the state Tuesday, first acknowledging ongoing issues with the TNReady online platform and identifying the need to pause testing.

photo Candice McQueen

"It appears Questar's data center may have experienced a deliberate attack [Tuesday] morning based on the way traffic is presenting itself," McQueen said in one of the Tuesday morning emails.