Hearing set on New Mexico PARCC testing contract challenge

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the year, about 12 million children in 28 states and the District of Columbia will take exams that are expected to be harder than traditional spring standardized state tests they replace. In some states, they'll require hours of additional testing time students will have to do more than just fill in the bubble. The goal is to test students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)
In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A hearing is set on a legal challenge to New Mexico’s contract to a testing company that is administering a much-debated assessment examine in state schools.

Santa Fe District Judge Sarah Singleton is scheduled Tuesday to hear arguments in a case that seeks to overturn a contract awarded to London-based Pearson.

The Washington-based American Institutes for Research wants to limit a potentially multi-year contract given to Pearson for Common Core testing and force New Mexico to reopen bidding.

Last year, Pearson was awarded a contact given out by states belonging to a consortium for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC.

AIR says the consortium unfairly helped shape bidding requirements that was crafted especially for Pearson.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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