New company tapped for NY Common Core exams

The state Department of Education is bringing in a new company to develop Common Core exams after widespread complaints about the quality of the questions in the April exams.



Officials announced that the department awarded a five-year, $44 million contract to Questar Assessment, Inc.



Questar is set to replace Pearson Inc., which was widely criticized by Common Core opponents for many reasons, including a perceived lack of teacher involvement when it comes to writing questions and grading tests.



"Teacher input is critical to building a successful state test, and that's why the new contract emulates the collaborative process used to develop the Regents exams," says state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.



Common Core opponents say trading one testing company for another doesn't come close to addressing the real issue.



"These little tweaks and changes aren't going to change the day-to-day lives of our children in the classroom," says Jeanette Deutermann, an opt-out advocate. "Right now, Pearson is a name that is toxic. Common Core is toxic."



The new contract still has to be approved by the state's attorney general and comptroller.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."