This is a reset moment

State tests are just one measure of a child’s readiness, but they give us unique feedback. This is a chance for educators, families, and students to talk about how to support our students’ growth toward their long-term goals, make sure they are ready for each step of the way, and take early action to help them get back on track.


Students are learning and growing

Test scores are expected to dip when we set higher expectations. This does not mean your child is learning less or that our teachers are not working hard every day; it means we have a fuller picture about how our high school students are progressing based on what colleges and employers expect. Re-assure your student that they are capable of doing the hard work needed to succeed and that our teachers are helping them get there. As our students gain the skills and knowledge to meet those expectations, performance on TNReady will also improve.


We’ve been here before

In 2010, our TCAP test was improved to reflect the higher standards we had adopted a couple of years earlier. When that happened, scores again dipped initially—and then improved over time. Because we raised expectations, in addition to being more prepared for colleges and careers, Tennessee students' achievement soared on national exams, making Tennessee the fastest improving state in the country. Tennessee's teachers and students have a growth mindset, and we know that will continue from this new baseline. In fact, we are already seeing it: In 2016-17, our high school students improved across the board with the second year of TNReady results.

Ask Questions

Ask questions, like what do you see as my child’s academic strength and areas of improvement? Do they match what the score report indicates? Have you seen progress in the areas that are identified on this report?

Talk with the Teacher

Take the score report into the next parent-teacher conference with your child’s teacher—and if possible, meet with both his or her teacher from last year and from this year. State tests are just one indicator of progress, so see how this feedback matches what your child’s teachers have seen in the classroom.

Next Steps?


Get Ideas

See if your child’s teacher has ideas about how you can use these results to support your child at home. Is there a specific program, online resources, or regular routine you could develop with your child to strengthen areas where he or she needs to improve? Are there classroom activities or exercises that your child finds particularly engaging?

Help Them Do Their Best

Encourage your child to go above and beyond. Ask your child’s teacher for ideas about how to appropriately challenge him or her to continue pushing, even in areas where your child exceeds expectations.

Remind Your Child of the Bigger Picture

Talk about the results with your son or daughter. Assure them that these test scores are only one measure and not their destiny. Make sure they understand the bar was higher this year because the expectations are more rigorous, and these results are intended to give their teachers and families better information about where they are for the purpose of helping them reach that higher goal.