Georgia Closer to Replacing Annual Student Tests.
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.