The State Education Dept. announced the selection of four new companies to build a massive database containing student test scores, classroom materials and education apps. Federal funds from Race to the Top will pay up to $50 million for the project.
The state selected ConnectEDU, eScholar, Pearson PLC and its subsidiary Schoolnet. The Boston-based Public Consulting Group Inc. will manage the project. The database will allow teachers to share lesson plans, videos and student work with parents. Students could also take electronic tests.
Last year’s $27 million contract with Wireless Generation was withdrawn by State Controller Thomas DiNapoli after concerns over the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal. News Corp. owns Wireless Generation. The company will still be a part of the project, serving as a subcontractor to Public Consulting Group.