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Mississippi Awards Its State Alternate Assessment
Contract to Summative Assessment Provider,
Questar Assessment Inc.


Location: Minneapolis, MN

Date: October 30, 2015

In a move that helps to ensure continuity between its summative and alternate state assessments, the Mississippi State Board of Education has chosen Questar Assessment Inc., its new summative assessment provider, to administer statewide alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities in the subject and grade-level areas of English language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8; science in grades 5 and 8; and high school algebra I, English II, and biology. The term of the contract is for the 2015–2016 school year, with nine optional renewal periods through 2026.

In the past five years, Questar Assessment has provided summative assessment services including end-of-course, alternate and English language proficiency exams to 33 states and the District of Columbia, and is responsible for test administrations of millions of students annually. Mississippi is the 34th state to which Questar will provide assessment services.

“We are honored that the state of Mississippi has entrusted us to administer its statewide alternate assessment program, and we look forward to this opportunity to grow and deepen our partnership,” said Jamie Post Candee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questar Assessment Inc.

About Questar Assessment Inc.

Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on providing a bridge between accountability and student learning. We take a fresh and innovative approach to meaningful assessment design, delivery, scoring, analysis. and reporting. And we are reimagining how assessments can empower educators to see opportunities for change to improve instruction and fully prepare students for college or career. Our high-quality, reliable assessment products and services are easily scaled and tailored to meet state and districts’ specific needs at an unprecedented value. Educators trust our high-performing teams and proven processes to minimize risks and ensure success for states, districts, schools, and students. Questar is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and can be reached at or 800-800-2598.