Louisiana’s PARCC Contract– But Not Really
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) does not have a 2015 contract with official Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test vendor, Pearson.
In fact, PARCC testing is not even mentioned in the contract LDOE does have with another testing company, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), for testing in grades 3 through 8. The LDOE contract with DRC has been amended a number of times– but no mention of PARCC assessments.
That contract can be found here in a document cloud:
What is mentioned in the above LDOE-DRC contract is that it dates back to July 1, 2011 and is set to expire June 30, 2015.
The contract description includes the following “specific goals and objectives” related to testing in grades 3 through 8 and high school:
Data Recognition Corporation will provide support services for LEAP, GEE, LAA1 and LAA 2 and EDLA assessment implementation including development of test forms, printing, distribution, and collection of materials, scoring and reporting of all psychometric services related to these assessment activities.
Though no “PARCC” test is mentioned in the LDOE-DRC contract, DRC has indeed Louisiana’s PARCC Contract– But Not Really | deutsch29: