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Today is the first day of state testing for local students but due to unknown technical difficulties, many students were unable to complete their online TNReady tests.

The Tennessee Department of Education experienced some difficulties across the State with online TNReady grades 5-11 testing that began today, said Williamson County Schools (WCS) Communications Director Carol Birdsong.

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), which includes the TNReady exams for grades three through eight and the TNReady End of Course assessments for high school students, began today, April 16th and continues through May 4.

“WCS students who were able to access the system completed the test, but most could not access their tests. At this point, we have not yet received an explanation as to why some students could access the system while others could not. WCS will attempt to test again tomorrow. Third and fourth graders took TNReady on paper and were not affected,” added Birdsong.

TNReady for grades three through eight is required for English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. A TNReady End of Course exam is required for any student enrolled in Algebra I/II, Biology I, Chemistry I, English I/II/III, geometry or U.S. history.

Additional information about each of these TCAP exams can be found on the Tennessee Department of Education’s Assessment page.