One unsurprising thing about student testing in Michigan: It's political
The MEAP is out, but which standardized test will Michigan's students be taking next year? It's out of the control of educators and students and in the hands of the Michigan Department of Education. At stake? Million-dollar contracts to nonprofits developing and administering the test. State of Opportunity's Dustin Dwyer has a closer look.
One testing option was created with the help of a $176 million federal grant. Another option, created by a nonprofit company with more than $300 million in revenue reported in 2011 has a contract to administer its college readiness test to Michigan 11th graders. That contract has an estimated value of nearly $70 million.