In Bid to Pare Exams, Lawmakers Target Testing Firm

As the Texas Legislature moves to uproot the state’s standardized testing program amid outcry from parents and school leaders, state lawmakers have focused their criticism on the publishing giant that develops the tests.

Pearson holds a five-year, $468 million contract through 2015 to provide the state assessments that students begin taking in third grade. While policies that led to the contract won unanimous approval four years ago, lawmakers looking to understand what brought the state to this point have settled on what they view as the excessive influence of the testing lobby in the policymaking process.

“Testing companies are ...

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