Students across Oregon are busy taking state assessment tests, and 40 schools are using a Texas company's program to boost their students' scores.

For an average annual fee of about $1,500, the schools have signed with Study Island, a Dallas for-profit venture that promises its online test preparation program is based on Oregon standards and will boost test scores.

Teachers and principals at a number of schools in the state say they are excited about using the Study Island program, but the spread of the company to Oregon has raised some eyebrows at the state Department of Education.

Ed Dennis,...

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