State Auditor Finds Testing Contract Oversight Lacking

The Texas Education Agency does not have a process in place to adequately oversee the state's $462 million student testing contract with Pearson Education, a report from the State Auditor's Office concluded Tuesday.

The statewide standardized tests "were administered and graded in a timely manner," the report states. But, it says, the TEA division that supervises the contract — which represents 61 percent of the total dollar amount of all TEA contracts — does not have "comprehensive written policies and procedures" for monitoring it, and its employees lack required training in contract management.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams thanked ...

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