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How much does testing cost Pasco schools?

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October

While discussing the Pasco school district's use of new quarterly tests, School Board chairman Steve Luikart wanted to know exactly how much the district spends on assessment these days.

"It's important to know not just what it costs to print a test," Luikart said, asking for details about the cost of delivery, proctoring, substitutes, and other related local expenses.

District officials' estimate for 2014-15 came in at $14.7 million. That amount included big ticket items such as technology ($11.1 million), paper administrations ($1.7 million) and subscriptions ($1.3 million), as well as smaller but still critical expenses as teacher training ($39,600) and local test item development ($300,000).

The district did not include any added costs associated with problems that cropped up during the state's problematic spring computerized testing. Districts are able to ask the state for reimbursement for added spending directly related to those troubles.

So far, the state has not reported receiving any requests. It also continues to pursue damages from testing vendor AIR, but has no details to share at this time, DOE spokeswoman Meghan Collins said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:40am]

    

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