Florida DOE Awards Assessment Test Contract to Pearson


Following an open bidding process, the Florida Department of Education has announced it will award its contract for the Next Generation Florida Comprhensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to Pearson. Under the contract, the educational publisher will provide all test and test preparation materials, as well as extensive scoring and evaluation services, through December 2013.

The FCAT is an accountability measure that conforms to the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and educators in the state can build their instruction plans around the needs of their students, in accordance with FCAT standards.

Harcourt Assessment, acquired by Pearson in 2007, has provided similar materials for FCAT development since 2000.

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