Welcome back to Pearson is Everywhere.
Last time, we reviewed Pearson’s data security worries.
Today, we have an update on the lawsuit filed by American Institutes for Research (AIR) against New Mexico that claimed there was bid rigging involved with the award of the Common Core testing contract to Pearson.
AIR argued the bidding rules were written so Pearson, one of the world’s biggest testing companies, would be the only company qualified to win the PARCC contract. AIR officials said they never submitted a bid for the work because of the narrow bidding rules.
The lawsuit was closely monitored nationwide because New Mexico’s contract with Pearson was used as a framework for similar deals in states around the nation using the test, including a $108 million agreement in New Jersey.
But New Mexico District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled Monday AIR “lacked standing” in the case because the company never submitted a bid for the PARCC contract. So, the court will not consider the rest of the lawsuit, including the questions about the bidding process, the judge said.
*Crossposted at StopCommonCoreNC.org
And the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium bid was written for AIR to win. Both were misguided.