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Nevada Gets New Common Core Testing Company

CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada officials have awarded a $51 million, four-year contract to a new test maker after a Common Core assessments debacle halted the mandatory online exams this year.

The state Board of Examiners voted Tuesday in favor of a deal with California-based CTB/McGraw-Hill. The company has facilitated testing in other states, including large districts in Pennsylvania and in far-flung rural areas of Alaska.

Nevada had used the vendor Measured Progress to implement federally-mandated standardized testing for the last decade, but cut ties with the company after the major outage.

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Board of Examiners Chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval said testing problems this spring did a disservice to students and parents, and said failure wasn't an option this time around.

State officials say they're negotiating a settlement with Measured Progress over the testing problems.