Tue., July 9, 2013 10:00am (EDT)

Common Core Tests Too Pricey?
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments. A spokeswoman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says he is exploring options because of concerns about the cost of the assessments. (Photo Courtesy of Casey Serin via Flickr.)
National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments. A spokeswoman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says he is exploring options because of concerns about the cost of the assessments. (Photo Courtesy of Casey Serin via Flickr.)
National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments.

The tests being created by a consortium of state education leaders known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers could run as high as $27.5 million for Georgia.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Nathan Deal, Stephanie Mayfield, says Deal is exploring options because of concerns about the cost of the assessments.

The partnership has set a ceiling of $18.50 per student for the English test it is developing and $18.50 for the math test it's creating. That's the first two subjects covered by Common Core. Georgia currently spends $8 to $9 per student on assessments.