More Oregon Testing and Vantage Learning

Below is the text of an email that was sent out by the Oregon Department of Education regarding the situation with Vantage Learning and the Oregon State Achievement Tests. I wonder what other state education departments or school districts work with these folks and if they are aware of this situation...

For the past several weeks, we have been working to maintain the integrity and stability of Oregon's assessment system - TESA - while dealing with performance and contractual issues that could disrupt our capacity to administer tests through the end of the school year.

Vantage has informed Oregon that because of a dispute over financial issues, it will terminate its work with us before the end of our scheduled testing window. Oregon maintains that Vantage has failed to meet its contractual obligations for service and deliverables.

ODE has made extensive efforts to resolve the issues with Vantage, including traveling to the company's offices in Pennsylvania. We have not, to date, reached a successful conclusion of the dispute.

More information will be communicated as it becomes available today.

Ed Dennis, Deputy Superintendent
Oregon Department of Education

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