TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith wants $3 million in damages from a contractor for delays in grading standardized tests.
Smith said Thursday that's just the first installment he'll be
requesting from NCS Pearson, part of a London-based conglomerate.
The $3 million is for the third grade and math and reading
portions of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and 10th
grade FCAT retakes delivered last month.
Results for other grades and subjects are expected next week,
about a month late. Smith said more damages would be sought once
they are received.
Company spokesman Adam Gaber said in an e-mail Pearson will pay
school districts for unexpected costs but it was unclear if that
would be the full $3 million.