College board selects Pearson to provide SAT scoring

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Pearson Educational Measurement, the nation's largest commercial processor of K-12 student assessments, today announced that it had been selected by the College Board to provide scoring for the new Writing test of the SAT beginning in March 2005.

Pearson Educational Measurement will electronically process the answer sheets and will score the new student-written essay.  This will require the training and management of a large pool of readers who have recent experience as secondary school teachers or college faculty in the scoring of the essays via its online proprietary Electronic Performance Evaluation Network (ePEN).  The company will process over 3.5 million SAT examinations annually. 

"We are delighted the College Board has entrusted us with the new SAT essay scoring and processing," said Clive Hay-Smith, president of Pearson Assessments & Testing.  "We're looking forward to utilizing our 50 years of technical expertise and processing experience to help score the new test."
Pearson Educational Measurement scores more than 40 million student tests annually, including more than 84 million constructed-response test items.

"We're pleased to have a partner with the depth of knowledge and years of experience, that Pearson has, which will be critically important as we launch the new SAT test," said Photo Anagnostopoulos, Senior Vice President for Product Development at the College Board.

The College Board, based in New York, is a national nonprofit membership association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,300 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.  The SAT is the world's most widely used admissions test.

About Pearson Educational Measurement

Pearson Educational Measurement is the nation's largest commercial processor of K-12 student assessment tests. The company operates as a business of Pearson Education, the world's largest integrated education company, which in turn is a part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE:  PSON), the international media company. Pearson's other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. 

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