Georgia Closer to Replacing Annual Student Tests.

08 May 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is a step closer to replacing annual student tests. The State Board of Education recommended on Thursday that State School Superintendent John Barge negotiate a contract with an unnamed company to develop the new test. Officials said procurement laws in Georgia prevent discussing the company or cost publicly until a state agency publishes the details.

Georgia committed to rolling out a new test during the 2014-15 school year in return for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind act.

Georgia left a multi-state consortium building a test to meet the rigid Common Core standards in July. State officials said Georgia could find a lower cost than the consortium's predicted $29.50 per student.

Student exams are central to several reform efforts underway in Georgia, including teacher evaluations.

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