Settlement reached over Testing 04 Aug 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Education and its student testing contractor have reached a settlement over spring testing glitches.

Pearson, the vendor, will take $1 million off its new three-year contract and add up to nearly $4.7 million in services to settle with the state.

Pearson also says it will move Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments testing next year to a new platform the company says will guard against online attacks.

The problems angered school district officials, who were frustrated by the technical woes during the testing season.

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://on.sctimes.com/1IHJpIp ) reports the $1 million off what was a new, three-year $40.8 million contract comes in the form of a credit to the state Education Department.

In a statement, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says the disruptions this spring “were simply unacceptable.”