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AUSTIN, Minn. - The company that puts together Minnesota's standardized tests is off the payroll.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently told the Minnesota Department of Education that it will not be renewing its three-year contract.
This comes after frustration from the department because of online testing issues last school year.
Local education leaders say changing vendors for the test is not a huge deal.
“The state would be basically within their RFP, or Request for Proposal, saying these are the things we want in the new testing system and that's where the vendors have to try to meet that requirement,” said John Alberts, Director of Curriculum for Austin Public Schools.
This is something he said they have dealt with in the past.
“Ultimately when it came down to the level of the student taking the assessment, there really wasn't a lot of change seen. The largest changes that were seen were actually in the test presentation because at that same time there was a change in wanting to have more of the test taken online,” Alberts said.
He said the Department of Education actually controls more of the changes than the providers do.
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