Testing contract goes to Questar for $122M

The Mississippi Board of Education on Thursday approved a $122 million contract with Questar Assessment to test hundreds of thousands of school children starting next year.

Questar, headquartered in Minneapolis, was among three companies vying for the 10-year deal during a heavily scrutinized process shrouded in secrecy.

Allegations surfaced shortly after the Mississippi Department of Education’s invitation in February for vendors to compete for the contract. Some claimed the agency tailored its request so that only one company – Pearson – would win. MDE denied that.

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