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Montana Refuses To Pay Until Testing Company Returns Results

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is withholding payments from a company that botched three states' student assessments until overdue results are released.

Office of Public Instruction spokeswoman Emilie Ritter Saunders said Tuesday that state education officials expect Measured Progress to provide students' test results in the next two weeks.

Saunders says the office will catch up on at least $118,000 in payments once it receives preliminary data.

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Measured Progress missed a July 15 deadline in part because additional programming is required to move the data.

The company is being held responsible by Montana, Nevada and North Dakota for widespread technical glitches during testing this spring.

Nevada recently reached a $1.2 million settlement with the company after that state claimed Measured Progress was in breach of contract.

Montana officials have not taken any legal action.