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Rise & Shine: TNReady’s online system under ‘deliberate attack,’ state says

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Tennessee will try for a third straight day to get TNReady right.

State officials were optimistic they had a fix yesterday when online testing resumed following the first day of technical problems. But it didn't take long for optimism to disintegrate into added frustration as more glitches emerged. Then came the state's shocking explanation — that testing company Questar's data system had been hacked. While Questar scrambled to investigate and reset, more districts suspended testing, and anger over another year of problems reached a boiling point among state lawmakers and local districts. Today, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is scheduled to appear before a legislative hearing to explain what's happening. Here's a peek at what she's expected to say.

In the meantime, our most recent stories have been updated with the latest developments. And be sure to check out what people are saying about the impact to students and educators.

—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

 

DAY TWO   Tennessee’s online student tests are plagued with technical problems for a second straight day, this time by what state officials say might have been “a deliberate attack.” Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, The Commercial Appeal, Knoxville News Sentinel, Times Free Press, Johnson City Press

Democrats call for the resignation of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, while a Republican lawmaker proposes to scrap the exam completely. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, The Chattanoogan, The Associated Press, Nashville Public Radio, The Nashville Ledger, WATE

Facing mounting pressure, Commissioner McQueen is scheduled to go before lawmakers today to explain what went wrong this time — and what the state is doing about it. Here are a few things she’s likely to say. Chalkbeat

School board members in Memphis discuss dropping TNReady scores from consideration when making HR decisions related to teachers. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal, WREG, WMC

Here’s how Tennessee’s testing snafus impact kids and educators — in their own words. Chalkbeat

MORE QUESTAR  In Mississippi, a technical glitch interrupts online testing in some schools under testing vendor Questar. Clarion Ledger

SPANKING BILL  The Tennessee legislature passes a bill that bans the spanking of disabled children at public schools. The Associated Press

PARAPROFESSIONALS  The shortage of paraprofessionals in Nashville schools is still a problem, with dozens of vacancies. WSMV

SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT  Rutherford County’s school board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a contract for incoming Superintendent Bill Spurlock. Murfreesboro Post

TRANSPORTATION LEADER  Washington County names a replacement for its fired school transportation director. WCYB

SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION  A petition seeking a referendum on school consolidation in Greene County is presented to county commissioners. The Greeneville Sun

PRINCESS PROJECT  A Knoxville church provides female students with everything they need for their school prom. Knoxville News Sentinel

KENTUCKY SHAKEUP  Kentucky’s board of education, with new members appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin in place, votes to accept the forced resignation of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt. Courier Journal, Kentucky Today