State Board of Education approves emergency contract for Common Core testing

JACKSON, Mississippi — The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract Thursday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards.

The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson PLC in a closed session…

…State Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, led an unsuccessful fight to pull Mississippi out of Common Core last year. She wants Mississippi to choose another vendor.

“There are companies that could provide maybe a superior product, at a lesser price,” she said.

Knox Graham, a spokesman for the Republican Bryant, said Bryant still has “has serious concerns about Common Core and PARCC testing. He expects the Mississippi Legislature will give both a serious look in the 2015 legislative session.”