New Company Handling Tests

CHICAGO (AP) -- The contract to handle the delivery and scoring of standardized tests used in Illinois schools is going to a new company.

The Illinois State Board of Education made the change today after major problems with this year's tests.

The company responsible, Harcourt Assessment, was blamed for not delivering the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests and answer documents to schools on time. Scores were delayed as well.

However, Harcourt will be allowed to continuing developing the test itself.

Illinois State Board of Education chairman Jesse Ruiz says the company handled that task very well.

But Pearson Education Measurement will take over the administrative tasks, such as printing and scoring the tests. The Pearson contract is worth nearly 33 million dollars.