State hires Kansas group for education assessments

Jan 15, 2014 -- 9:00am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska education officials have hired a new group to create English language arts and math assessments. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the state announced it's leaving Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and has hired Assessment and Achievement Institute. Alaska has been a member of the consortium since April. But it decided to go with a company that will tailor assessments based on new state standards, which vary from Common Core Standards used by the consortium. The state sought proposals from vendors, and chose Assessment and Achievement Institute, an organization with the University of Kansas. The five-year contract will cost Alaska about $5 million annually. The state has previously worked with another University of Kansas group, DLM Consortium, to create a new alternate assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

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