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Texas Penalizes Vendor ETS After Glitches Mar Testing

By The Associated Press — August 30, 2016 1 min read

Texas is fining the Educational Testing Service $5.7 million—and ordering it to invest $15 million in future safeguards—after computer glitches caused problems in statewide testing last school year.

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced last week that the fine against the New Jersey-based ETS would cover damages from issues with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. The company must spend the rest improving features like its online enrollment and testing and its exam scoring.

The ETS won a 2015 contract worth $280 million to administer STAAR for the state.

A version of this article appeared in the August 31, 2016 edition of Education Week as Texas Penalizes Vendor ETS After Glitches Mar Testing