McBride claims Monetary Damages From PAWS Snafu

Wyoming Superintendent Jim McBride
Wyoming Superintendent Jim McBride

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride says Wyoming sustained about $9.5 million in damages because of problems with the administration of the state's student assessment this spring. McBride made the claim in a letter Thursday to NCS Pearson Inc.

The state education department says the letter is a response to NCS Pearson's initial settlement offer of about $266,000. Multiple school districts ran into technical problems this year with the online section of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS test. Wyoming signed a three-year contract with NCS Pearson last year to design, administer and score the test. McBride says the problems violate the contract.

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