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May 15, 2014

Testing could cost Georgia $107 million by 2019

ATLANTA — According to contract documents, Georgia could pay about $107 million for a company to create a new statewide standardized test during the next five years.

The contract outline with CTB/McGraw-Hill released on Thursday isn't final. State law gives the companies that were not chosen 10 days to protest the decision.

State officials are on a tight deadline to select a company to write the new tests. Students are scheduled to begin taking tougher exams in line with Common Core standards during the 2015 school year.

Georgia dropped out of a consortium of states writing an exam in July. State officials said then that they could find a more affordable rate than the predicted cost of $29.50 per student. A per student cost for the contract proposal wasn't available on Thursday.

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The 2014 Tift County Lady Devils volleyball team. Summer Bennett, Chat Butts, Carolina Carter, Kaleigh Hobby, Molly Jones, Savannah Kendrick, Mariena McCullough, Dail Adaway, Vanity Golson, Alex Miller, Taylor Nimmo, Amanda Riddle, Logan Seeman, Taylor Cross, Karina Delgado, Audrey McElhaney, Madison Spivey, Julianna Cross and Olivia Thomas Assistants are Dana Fletcher and Chance Benson. Head coach is Courtney Mitchell.

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