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October 10, 2014

Testing Company DRC Protests Award of Contract in South Carolina

The Data Recognition Corporation is protesting a South Carolina award to the ACT company to conduct grade 3-11 tests, a contract potentially worth $58 million.

October 03, 2014

Common-Core Testing Market Dominated by Familiar Players

An Education Week review of federally funded, common-core testing contracts shows McGraw-Hill/CTB, Pearson, and ETS winning the biggest deals.

August 29, 2014

L.A. District's Contract With Apple, Pearson Criticized in Report

An internal review says the Los Angeles Unifed school system's bidding process for a $1 billion tech project may have given an advantage to certain vendors.

August 18, 2014

Top ACT Executive Will Resign; Search for Successor Begins

Jon Whitmore, a former university president who has been with the ACT since 2010, says he will retire from the testing organization in August of 2015.

August 14, 2014

K-12 Workforce Increasingly Reliant on Non-Teachers, Says Report

Teacher aides, and other non-teaching staff make up a much bigger slice of the K-12 workforce than was the case a generation ago.

July 30, 2014

Lawsuits Targeting Federal Health Care Law Could Impact K-12 Districts

Two recent court decisions offering contradictory rulings on core pieces of "Obamacare" could affect K-12 districts required to comply with the law's employer mandate.

July 21, 2014

West Virginia, Microsoft Partner on IT Certification Program

West Virginia will become the 12th state to implement a statewide "IT Academy" certification program through Microsoft.

July 03, 2014

Protest of Pearson Common-Core Testing Contract Rejected

New Mexico's state purchasing agent, Lawrence O. Maxwell, has denied a protest of a major common-core testing contract that was filed by the American Institutes for Research.

June 25, 2014

Vendor Protesting Common-Core Contract Levies Criticism at PARCC, Pearson

The American Institutes for Research, in its protest over a common-core testing contract, argues that Pearson and PARCC are behaving like "business partners."

June 20, 2014

Pearson, N.M. Officials Push Back in Common-Core Contract Battle

New Mexico state officials describe a protest over a major common-core testing contract by the American Institutes for Research as "frivolous," in a filing with the state purchasing director.

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