Minnesota-based Questar Assessment will provide most of the standardized tests for Mississippi beginning next year.

The state Board of Education voted Thursday to award a one-year contract worth $12.3 million to Questar. Mississippi has options to continue the contract for nine more years after that, with a total 10-year cost of at least $111 million.

The company will provide English and math tests for grades 3-8, as well as algebra I and English II exams to be taken by high school students. The plan also includes options, which would cost more money, for geometry and algebra II tests for high-schoolers.

Other bidders included Pearson PLC and Data Recognition Corp.

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