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The latest on Pearson - and no, it's not in Florida

Florida is not alone in having problems with Pearson, the testing company that runs the FCAT and end-of-course exams for the state.

Wyoming has had its share of troubles, too. Here's the latest from the AP:

"A testing company will pay $5.1 million to compensate Wyoming for technical problems with the state's 2010 public school student assessment exam, state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill said Friday. The state and NCS Pearson Inc., of Bloomington, Minn., reached an agreement this week after months of negotiations, Hill said. Gov. Matt Mead also approved the settlement, she said.

"I'm glad to know that it's resolved and we're very much focused on instruction," Hill said. Pearson has a four-year, $40 million contract with Wyoming to design, administer and score a test to measure public school student performance in English, math, reading and science. It expires after next year's test."

Wonder if Wyoming will stick with Pearson, like Florida seems to be doing, or move on. Thanks to FairTest for the alert to this story. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:21am]


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