Statement on TNReady Test Scores

Jul 19, 2018

Press Release


Memphis, Tennessee – Campaign for School Equity’s executive director Mendell Grinter released the following statement in response to Tennessee’s release of TNReady test scores this afternoon.

Campaign for School Equity (CSE) understands the need for assessments to ensure we monitor students’ academic growth and learning outcomes. While the TNReady scores show an increase in high school math and a slight increase in English for students in grades 3-8, decreases and flat scores in other subject areas and grade levels are concerning.

CSE remains optimistic about the potential for students in Memphis and across the state to make significant academic gains. And with today’s release of the TNReady results, we are even more motivated to continue our work because the dramatic improvements we wish to see for all students has not yet been realized. There is an apparent need to do more to ensure all children are achieving at their highest potential. Given previous issues surrounding the implementation of the TN Ready test, it will also be critical for leaders to ensure that parents and families can have full confidence in the tools and assessments that are being used to track and measure academic progress for students.

Despite the overall flat changes in scores, we are encouraged that the percentages of students across the state now scoring “on track or mastered” in high school math and elementary English have increased. Additionally, we are pleased to see score improvements for students in our priority schools. Still, the gains that some Memphis students achieved are incremental, and it is clear that new interventions, innovation, and new strategies are needed to prepare more students to succeed. Our 2018 State of Equity Report, to be released this fall, will take a deeper look at academic outcomes across Memphis schools, highlight areas for improvement, and inform the development of our advocacy agenda for the upcoming school year. Stay engaged with us as we continue to advocate for equity in schools and higher achievement rates for all students.

 About Campaign for School Equity

Campaign for School Equity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that all children, especially those of color, and their families have access to high-quality schools by uniting communities of students, parents, and clergy to raise their voices and create effective change. More information about CSE can be found at



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