Michigan Picks Two Companies For $103.7 Million School Test Deal

LANSING, MI (AP) – Michigan authorities have picked two companies for a three-year, $103.7 million contract to give standardized tests to the state’s public school students.

The state Department of Education says that the tests will continue to go under the name M-STEP, short for Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress.

The department announced Thursday that the contract goes to Data Recognition Corp. and Measurement Inc. The two companies already share the work of administering standardized tests in Michigan this school year.

The contracts still await a review process that allows objections before final approval from the State Administrative Board. They would take effect with the 2015-2016 school year, and Michigan would have the option of extending them for up to five years through 2022-2023.

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