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Former Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman in a 2014 Tennessean file photo. Huffman said the education department's role in choosing Measurement, Inc. was limited. (Photo: File Photo/The Tennessean)

Tennessee officials knew of concerns about Measurement Inc.'s ability to fulfill its five-year, $108 million contract to administer the new online TNReady standardized test even before this year's failed rollout, according to documents and interviews with education officials in other states.

During the state's contract vetting process, the company's ability to oversee online testing at the level required by Tennessee was a concern. Measurement Inc.'s online system was relatively untested at the scale the state was asking, the records and interviews show. Concerns about the company existed in at least one other state.

Connecticut officials in a 2014 Tennessee reference check first raised issues about the company's online testing platform known as Measurement Incorporated Secure Testing, or MIST.

Read more from our news partner, The Tennessean, here.

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