Education Data Companies Chosen

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Monday, August 20, 2012

New York state education officials Monday said they selected four companies to build a broad education database that will host students' test scores, curriculum materials and education apps, paid for by up to $50 million in federal Race to the Top funds.

The state's trying to catch up after its original plan to give a $27 million contract to education-technology company Wireless Generation was scrapped last year by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

He cited concerns in the wake of the London-based newspaper phone-hacking scandal involving News Corp., NWS -0.89% which owns both Wireless Generation and The Wall Street Journal.

The state Education Department said that by fall 2013, school districts will be able to use one of the data systems created by either ConnectEDU, eScholar or Pearson PLC and its subsidiary Schoolnet.

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