Tennessee is testing the Common Core for the first time this year, but the tests are not cooperating. First, the state tried to give them online but the computer breakdowns were so numerous that the entire test was delayed. Then the state ordered tests to be available on paper, but several districts didn’t receive them.


The original testing period was supposed to begin on February 8 and March 4.


This schedule, which is common across many districts, raises one big question:


The tests are supposed to assess nine months on instruction, but the tests are offered after only five months of instruction. This means that the tests are not correctly aligned with what children learn.


To make matters worse, the test results are not reported until the fall, when the student has a new teacher.