From WSJ.com by Leslie Brody:
The New York City Department of Education is seeking a new vendor for gifted-and-talented exams after its current provider, Pearson PLC, acknowledged major errors in grading the high-stakes tests more than a year ago.

The department planned to ask the cityís Panel for Educational Policy to approve a $2 million annual contract with Minnesota-based Questar Assessment Inc. at its public meeting on Wednesday night, but officials said they pulled the proposal from the agenda to allow more time to inform panel members.

Department officials said they sought proposals from vendors because Pearsonís three-year contract was expiring at the end of this school year, and recommended Questar Assessment after considering price, effectiveness, capacity and other factors.

If approved, the switch in companies would follow a turbulent period for testing into the coveted, highly competitive gifted programs in kindergarten through third grade. Former schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott criticized Pearson in May 2013 for failing to provide basic quality-assurance checks after a series of four scoring problems that year affected thousands of students, incorrectly telling them they werenít eligible for the programs.

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