Local school systems respond to hack in TNReady website

Local school systems respond to hack in TNReady website

Tennessee lawmakers grilled the state education commissioner Wednesday after a disastrous rollout of TNReady assessments for students-a rollout the state says was deliberately attacked.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent out a series of emails to state directors, saying the system had apparently come under "deliberate attack". "They are now resetting the system", Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candace McQueen said in a statement.

Despite the attack, Questar says no student information was compromised.

Stay with the Bristol Herald Courier for the latest developments. Also, middle and high school students should arrive to school with their Chromebooks charged and ready to go.

Issues first popped up on Monday when some students couldn't log into the online testing system and others could not submit their tests once they had taken it. "And we're exhausted of it", said Rep. Ron Lollar, R-Bartlett, during the committee's Monday meeting. "They're a waste of money, they're a waste of time, and it breaks my heart to see these kids going through this", Kurtz said.

"We're getting updates from the state testing office every few minutes".

Smith said it has set back the school system some.

Several school systems in our region halted testing Tuesday afternoon, including Sullivan County.

Testing issues began yesterday morning and we suspended testing.

Jackson-Madison County Schools reported no issues as of Wednesday morning.

Kurtz said her son thrives at L&N Stem Academy, but the tests don't represent that.

We had a smooth day of testing today, with more than 150,000 online test sessions completed - the highest one-day total ever for online testing in Tennessee.

"It takes the teaching out of the hands of my kids' teachers", Kurtz said. The teacher's done everything they can to get them pumped up to take the test.

In April 2016, state education officials cut ties with Measurement, Inc., and entered into a two-year, $60 million contract with Questar. Last year, state officials announced almost 10,000 assessments were scored incorrectly by Questar.

During a 2017 Government Operations Committee hearing, legislators asked McQueen to go through a full testing cycle without mistakes before making it count on teacher evaluations and student grade-point averages.

He said another amendment attached to the same bill, HB2150, would require future TNReady tests be administered only using pen and paper.

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