The PARCC Lawsuit in New Mexico Isn’t Over

new-mexico-state-flagThe lawsuit that was filed in New Mexico accusing the state of bid-rigging when it chose Pearson as a test developer for PARCC still has life.

AP reports that it could halt PARCC in New Mexico.

A legal challenge by a Washington-based testing company may halt a controversial assessment exam in New Mexico that has sparked school walkouts and anger from parents and teachers.

A Santa Fe judge is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in an appeal by the American Institutes for Research. The company is fighting the state’s granting of a potentially multi-year contract for Common Core testing to Pearson.

AIR wants to limit Pearson’s contract to a year and is seeking another bidding process for later contact years.

Pearson was contracted by states belonging to a consortium to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC.

Taxpayers should have a problem with the non-competitive process that the consortia implemented in choosing Pearson.  AP mentioned a review board in Mississippi dinged the process.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see other legal challenges crop up.  This was something that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal tried to unsuccessfully fight saying this process violated Louisiana’s procurement laws.