New Mexico Judge’s Ruling Slows PARCC Implementation Process

The PARCC contract with Pearson is on hold until New Mexico reviews the bid process New Mexico District Court Judge Sarah Singleton ruled yesterday.

The Albuquerque Journal reports:

Earlier this month, PARCC awarded the contract to Pearson, an international education company, to administer the new exam, which will be taken online, and to create new test questions in future years. The consortium had previously tapped Pearson to help develop the test.

The Washington D.C.-based American Institute for Research protested, saying the bid process unfairly benefited Pearson because of its prior work with PARCC.

District Court Judge Sarah Singleton this week ordered the state to review the institute’s protest. New Mexico officials had argued the protest was filed incorrectly, but Singleton disagreed.

Now, the contract is on hold until the review is complete.

The matter was argued in Santa Fe because New Mexico officials accepted and reviewed the bids, even though all the states in the consortium helped write a request for the proposal.

“We’re pleased the judge sent (the protest) back to the (state’s purchasing agent) to be reviewed on its merits,” said Jon Cohen, executive vice president of the American Institute for Research.

This is an interesting development.  I doubt it will keep the assessment from being implemented in the few states left in PARCC, but we’ll see what happens as a result of this process.