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North Dakota To Be Compensated For Student Testing Problems

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says North Dakota will recover more than $316,000 as compensation for problems schools had earlier this year administering new state assessments in math and English.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that developed the online tests intended to align with Common Core standards will forfeit to the state about $92,000 in membership fees for the last academic year. The state's fee for this school year will be cut by about 40 percent.

North Dakota adopted Common Core standards in 2011 and began to fully implement them during the 2013-14 school year. The state has been participating with 17 others in the consortium, and is one of three that contracted with New Hampshire-based Measured Progress for test administration.

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Montana and Nevada also experienced problems with the tests.