The panel asked to choose a firm to review the validity of Florida’s new testing system doesn’t appear to have much work to do when it meets Friday.
Only one group has submitted a bid to do the work.
A partnership of Utah-based Alpine Testing Solutions and Washington, D.C.-based edCount LLC proposed to do the evaluation for $594,310. It included the resumes of eight key staff members who would participate in the project. Andrew Wiley, who recently served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Test Publishers, would be the lead investigator.
The group would submit its project plan by June 19, preliminary reports by July 31 and final report by Aug. 28.
Lawmakers called for this evaluation amid questions and concerns from educators and parents regarding the way the tests were developed and administered. Issues ranged from the lack of field testing in Florida to the technology problems students faced while sitting for the exams.