Today at 11:30 a.m. the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology held a telephone conference. Most everyone is aware that our 2 year contract ended with Pearson Vue on 9/30/13. Which gave the Board 2 full years to decide if they wanted to take bids for a new testing company or just enter into a renewal contract with Pearson Vue. Well NOTHING was done on either part and the Board of Cosmetology basically asked Pearson Vue if they would give the Board a 6 month extension to the existing 2 year contract…… During this time some Board members had high hopes of getting other companies “””” Like the ones that would use the NIC Written EXAM”””””” to bid for the job to test our students…. Everyone does know that I am talking about Teresa and Leisa!!!!!
Well now the 6 month extension will expire on 3/31/2014 and our Board is no closer to finding a testing company and as a matter of fact NO ONE BIDDED FOR THE CONTRACT EXCEPT PEARSON VUE…… Now certain members of the Board still feels it necessary to SLAP Pearson Vue in the face one more time to ask them for another 6 month extension.. However, Pearson Vue asked the Board to give them an extension through 12/31/2014… The Board accepted the extension through 12/31/2014 but reminded Pearson Vue of the “30 Day Cancelation Clause” in the contract…… Which means if the Board finds a new testing company prior to 12/31/14 the Board can cancel the balance of the extension contract with Pearson Vue……
This is so DIRTY!!!!! The Board basically keeps asking Pearson Vue to extend the existing contract until the are able to find a new testing company….. This is GARBAGE…. What is so wrong with Pearson Vue….. It has taken the full 2 years to work a lot of bugs out and I know there are still some additional things to be worked on, but the Board and once again when I say Board I mean Teresa, Leisa and Shelly who just follows their lead…. have taken no steps to work with Pearson Vue …… It’s like they are just going to throw everything out the window and start all over again… Who knows what is ahead of us… It could be a lot worse and a lot more expensive for our students…. WE DON’T NEED THAT!!!!!
PLEASE LEAVE ME SOME COMMENTS ON YOUR THOUGHTS FOR OUR STUDENT TESTING!!!!!