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Testing company fined $4.8 million for 2015 problems in Florida, Department of Education reveals



More than sixteen months after Florida's highly publicized computer testing problems, vendor AIR has been fined $4.8 million by the state as provided for in law.

The state Department of Education issued a statement late Friday explaining that it had withheld the amount from payments to the company over time. The sides settled on the terms after the company successfully provided 2016 tests, according to the department.

The total includes the full amount allocated to the 2014-2015 Help Desk and 30 percent of the cost for 2014-2015 computer-based test delivery, plus full reimbursement of the state's contract with Alpine Testing Solutions for a validity study.

"During the 2015 administration of the Florida Standards Assessments, students around the state experienced computer-based testing difficulties," commissioner Pam Stewart said in the release. "At that time, we vowed to hold AIR accountable, and most importantly, to ensure students have a positive testing experience going forward. The Florida Department of Education purposefully withheld payment to AIR for the 2015 administration until the company delivered a successful test administration in 2016. We are very pleased with this year's test administration, and Florida's students, parents and educators can have confidence in the statewide assessment system."

For a bit more history, check out our blog post from December 2015.

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2016 4:18pm]


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