- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn a contract issued for New Mexico’s assessment exam for students in public schools.

State District Court Judge Sarah Singleton ruled Monday that the nonprofit that filed the suit did not have legal standing to sue over the contract because it did not bid for the contract against the winning bidder, London-based Pearson PLC.

Washington-based nonprofit American Institutes for Research had accused state officials of rigging the bidding process in favor of Pearson by tailoring the request for bidders to a testing program already run by Pearson.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests are required for all New Mexico public school students in grades 3-11.

The tests assess students’ grasp of the new Common Core Standards.

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