1. Pennsylvania’s Gov. Wolf has requested a total of $58.3 million for testing in the current budget.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education contracts with Data Recognition Corp. for the PSSAs and the Keystones. The contracts cover test development, administration, scoring, and reporting. In 2014-15, the company received about $30 million for the PSSAs – about $39 per student tested – and $27 million for the Keystones.
What is the so-called achievement gap?
In the vast majority of standardized tests, average scores for African American and Latino students are significantly lower than average scores for White and Asian students. Many object to calling this an “achievement gap,” citing vastly different resources available to students in different circumstances. The gap in scores has shrunk over the last few decades, but it is still wide and persistent.