News Releases 2018

State Board Approves Statewide Assessment Contract for New Science, U.S. History Tests

by Xi Guo | May 17, 2018

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Education

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For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Board of Education voted today to approve a $3.3 million statewide testing contract with Data Recognition Corp (DRC) for the 2018-19 school year to administer 5th and 8th grade science assessments and the Biology I and U.S. History assessments for high school. The science tests are required by federal law.

DRC was selected from among five proposals submitted. DRC’s contract may be renewed annually up to five years based on the successful completion of the preceding year’s work. 

The Mississippi Department of Education solicited competitive written proposals in February for 5th and 8th grade science assessments and Biology I and U.S. History assessments that are aligned to the new Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards (MCCRS) for Science and Social Studies. 

New Science standards were approved in 2017 and piloted in school districts in the 2017-18 school year. New Social Studies Standards will be piloted in the 2018-19 school year. As such, the U.S. History test for 2018-19 will be a hybrid of the current test and field test items. The fully revised U.S. History test will be used starting in 2019-20.

Academic standards are typically reviewed and updated every five to seven years.

“I appreciate the thoughtful process the evaluation team used to select the assessment vendor,” said Rosemary Aultman, chair of the Mississippi State Board of Education. “The goal of these assessments is to provide useful information about how well students are meeting the learning targets that Mississippi teachers have designed.”

The other vendors that submitted proposals are Measurement Incorporated, Measured Progress, Inc., Questar Assessment, Inc., and Scantron Corporation.


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