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Lawmakers again seek role in choice of standardized tests

button_educationJACKSON — 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.



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