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Nevada Wants New Company For Common Core Testing

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is ending ties with the test maker it blames for a Common Core assessments debacle that halted the mandatory online exams this year.

The state had used Measured Progress to implement federally-mandated standardized testing for the last decade.

But the relationship soured in recent months, as a widespread system outage crippled the state and also impacted Montana and North Dakota. Nevada has since filed a breach of contract notice with the New Hampshire-based company.

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Now, state education officials say they are endorsing a new four-year contract with California-based CTB/McGraw-Hill. The $51 million deal is expected to be approved by the Board of Examiners at its next meeting.

A state spokeswoman said the bidding process for a new testing contract began before the Measured Progress issues escalated.