JACKSON — Lawmakers are seeking to revive efforts to force the state Board of Education to consider using standardized tests written by the ACT organization.
The move comes as state Superintendent Carey Wright defends the process by which the state Department of Education sought proposals for a contract to administer tests in grades 3-8 and high school. ACT dropped out, and state officials haven’t responded to requests by The Associated Press for names of bidders, though they describe their process as transparent.
Rep. Mark Baker, a Brandon Republican, seeks approval from two thirds of House members to introduce a late-session bill banning Mississippi from again using tests developed by testing firm Pearson for a multistate group. Mississippi is using the tests this spring. Baker’s bill would require consideration of an ACT bid.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info