Pearson combines several businesses into Pearson Assessments

Bloomington, Minn. - Pearson Education today announced that it was combining several of its assessment product, service and technology businesses together under the Pearson Assessments name, effective March 1.

The businesses are Pearson Assessments, the premier provider of psychological assessments and related scoring solutions in clinical, medical, forensic, correctional, public safety, career and counseling settings; Pearson NCS, which offers a wide variety of data collection hardware, software, scannable forms and outsourcing services for business, healthcare, government and education; and the assessment business of AGS Publishing, a leading publisher of assessments for preK-12 which assess cognitive ability, achievement, behavior, speech and language, career interest, and social skills.

All three businesses are located in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Pearson will continue to operate from facilities in Bloomington, Eagan and Shoreview, Minn.

"Following our acquisition of AGS Publishing last year, it was apparent we were managing assessment products, services and technology from several business units. This created the opportunity to bring all of these resources together in such a way to create a unique and powerful organization that could serve the assessment needs of a broad range of education, business and healthcare customers," said John Harnett, president and CEO, Pearson Assessments.

The new Pearson Assessments will provide a broad range of products and services, from individually administered behavioral and special needs assessments, to survey and assessment tools for education, business and healthcare, to scanners and other input devices to gather data for a variety of applications.

Well-known brands offered by Pearson Assessments include the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2TM (MMPI-2TM) the MillonTM Clinical Inventories, the CampbellTM Interest and Skill Survey, the Derogatis Checklist Series and the Basic Achievement Skills InventoryTM. Assessment offerings from AGS Publishing include the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2), Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Third Edition (PPVT-III), Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation-2 (GFTA-2), KeyMath-Revised/NU: A Diagnostic Inventory of Essential Mathematics-Revised-Normative Update, the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (BOT-2), Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition, and the Kaufman family of assessments, including KABC-II, KBIT-2 and KTEA-II.

Pearson NCS products include various scanners (sold under the EZData? and OpScan iNSIGHTTM brands), software (ProsperTM assessment system, ScanTools? and SurveyTracker?), assessments tools (Classroom Performance System - CPS), custom print services and outsourcing of data collection services.

Pearson Assessments is part of the U.S. Assessments & Testing Group of Pearson Education, which includes Pearson Educational Measurement, Iowa City and Austin, the largest provider of customized large-scale assessment services and solutions, and Pearson Knowledge Technologies, Boulder, Colo., which provides automated tools for reading and writing assessment and practice. Pearson Education is the world's largest education company, which in turn is a business of Pearson, the international media company.

For further information

David Hakensen
Tel. (952) 681-3040