Testing company that lost Utah contract hasn't been paid since January, still working to recover data

Unpaid invoices top $2 million; contract with new firm estimated to be $21 million

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  • jack_greenfield West Valley City, UT
    June 19, 2019 9:48 a.m.

    Go look at what current and former employees have to say about Questar on Glassdoor. All it takes is a couple minutes to get a feel for what a badly managed company it is. Additionally, there are plenty of news articles from across the country that detail other states' frustrations with Questar.

  • RedShirtHarvard Cambridge, MA
    June 19, 2019 9:00 a.m.

    If we got rid of just this test, you could give all of the 27,000 public school teachers in Utah a $150/year raise. If you got rid of not just this company's testing, but all testing, you could give every teacher that has a classroom of kids a $210/year raise.

    Do teachers want to boost their income by $210/year by getting rid of standardized testing?

    To "wgirl" my experience has been the opposite. When going to Parent-Teacher confrences for my kids that were in elementary school I was shown test results from multiple computerized and standardized tests. I would inform the teacher of my child's educational needs, the teachers rarely had any idea of where my child was at.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    June 19, 2019 1:30 a.m.

    Teachers should refuse to give any end of level tests next year as a protest to this ridiculous mess.

    What a complete joke and waste of time and money.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 18, 2019 7:08 p.m.

    @cjb - Bountiful, UT
    June 18, 2019 5:25 p.m.
    How is it this company didn't have the test results backed up to protect against loss?"

    It's Utah. Tradition and "donations".

  • wgirl , 00
    June 18, 2019 5:56 p.m.

    You ever wonder why education is so expensive today - where all those tax dollars are going?

    As this article illustrates, it is going to testing. The state pays millions of dollars every year to testing companies.

    The G.W. Bush "No Child Left Behind Act" required states to spend this money to test our kids to death. Obama could have changed the law, but didn't. Trump and his so-called Education Secretary know nothing about public schools.

    The crazy thing is - teachers can tell you way more about your kid, and how they are doing in school, than these million dollar assessments. Teachers can predict with incredible accuracy who will do well on these assessments and who will not - they know the kids. They even know what those struggling kids need - but schools can't afford to give those kids the instructional help they need because the stupid tests cost so much money!

    It is time for Utah to do away with yearly mandated assessments. That is not to say that we wouldn't assess kids on a large scale ever again - there is a place for these types of tests, but not every year, and not necessarily the super expensive tests being forced on kids now.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 18, 2019 5:25 p.m.

    How is it this company didn't have the test results backed up to protect against loss?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 18, 2019 4:34 p.m.

    "Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, asked if the company wasn't dishonest, raising questions about the procurement process that kept the search committee from checking for online reports."

    Lincoln Fillmore and his wife are embroiled in the missing money from recently closed AISU. He should not be allowed to be involved with anything pertaining to Utah education.