Class Notes: TNReady testing begins statewide today, and more education news

Class Notes: TNReady testing begins statewide today, and more education news

April 15th, 2019 by Meghan Mangrum in Local Regional News

TNReady testing begins statewide today

Statewide assessments, or TNReady, officially begins Monday for students across the state.

TNReady, part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), has proven controversial after years of fiascoes with the state's current testing vendor, Questar.

The early window began on April 8 and more than 22,000 tests have been completed successfully, said Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn in a press call last week.

"When we think about it, over the next four weeks, the state will administer more than 2 million assessments," Schwinn said. "Overall, we have seen the platform work as we would expect it to and as it should."

The education department is working with Gov. Bill Lee to not only secure a new testing vendor, but also to revert to all paper-and-pencil testing for the 2019-20 school year.

Currently, most high school students take assessments online, with districts having the option for how middle school students test.

Justin Robertson, chief schools officer, said Hamilton County school leaders are working to ensure a smooth testing process this spring.

"We are putting as many safeguards in place to ensure that if problems arise we are going to be able to address them," Robertson said. "We'r excited for kids and teachers to have the opportunity to demonstrate the hard work they've put in this year."

Additional safeguards include additional district-level staff members and support staff in schools on the first days of testing this week.

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy to host 7th annual Golf Classic

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy will host its annual fundraiser to raise money for the school on June 6 at Creeks Bend Golf Club.

The school hosted its first Golf Classic in August 2013, and the event has grown every year, according to a press release.

Money raised during the event will support the all-girls school's daily operations and provide funds to help expand

students' educational experiences, such as the schools' STEAM-centered programs and labs.

"This tournament could not happen without the generosity of our sponsors. Each year, they step-up, embrace the philanthropic spirit of Chattanooga and help make the Classic successful," said CGLA CEO Elaine Swafford in a press release. "We are truly grateful for their support. It is fun to see all of the teams come out and enjoy the day with us. The bring great energy and competition to the green."

Team sponsorships are still available for the event, which will also feature an online "live" auction.

For more information, contact Catherine Clifford at 423-468-4105 or, or visit:

District to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new East Hamilton Middle School Wednesday

Hamilton County Schools invites the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Hamilton Middle School at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.

The ceremony will take place on the new school's property on Bentwood Cove Drive behind Apison Elementary and will feature speakers including Mayor Jim Coppinger, Superintendent Bryan Johnson, District 7 County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley and District 7 school board member Joe Wingate.

The event will include a high-tech, virtual tour of the school presented by the contractor, MBI Companies, Inc.

School district officials presented plans for the school last July. The more than $42 million project was officially approved by the Hamilton County Commission in February.

The school is slated to open in time for the 2020-21 school year.

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