Pearson Assessments to Distribute WriteToLearn

Complete Web-Based Tool Developed by Pearson Knowledge Technologies Builds Writing and Reading Comprehension Skills

BOULDER, Colo., & BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Pearson Knowledge Technologies (PKT) announced today that Pearson Assessments now offers WriteToLearnTM, PKT's Web-based learning tool that helps students develop writing and reading comprehension skills. With at least one product or application in nearly 50,000 U.S. schools, Pearson Assessments is one of the major providers of assessment instruments and data capture tools for K-12 education.

"Since its launch in January, there has been a great deal of interest in WriteToLearn," said Lynn Streeter, president, Pearson Knowledge Technologies. "We are excited to have Pearson Assessments, with its deep experience in the education market and strong classroom sales team, distribute our complete writing skills and reading comprehension development tool."

 With WriteToLearn, students practice essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson's state-of-the-art Knowledge Analysis TechnologiesTM (KAT) engine, which automatically evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages. Students receive immediate, specific feedback on their work, and teachers easily monitor student efforts individually or as a class.

 "At Pearson Assessments, we are committed to offering assessment and intervention tools that improve student achievement," said John Harnett, president, Pearson Assessments. "Now with WriteToLearn, we are offering our schools and districts a powerful tool for helping students build literacy skills."

Schools may purchase a trimester, semester, or annual student subscription of WriteToLearn. Volume discounts are available. For more information about WriteToLearn, visit

About Pearson Knowledge Technologies

Pearson Knowledge Technologies is the developer of products and services based on a unique automated text analysis technology that evaluates the meaning of whole passages. The company's Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine immediately measures writing and content in a way that simulates a skilled human grader and encourages better subject knowledge. Pearson Knowledge Technologies' writing and reading skills products, such as WriteToLearn, Intelligent Essay Assessor and Summary Street, use the KAT engine to help improve writing, reading and comprehension skills as well as build content knowledge for education and other markets.

About Pearson Assessments

Pearson Assessments provides assessment instruments and data capture tools and technologies for use in education, business and health care settings. Backed by a half century of knowledge and expertise, Pearson Assessments - integrating Pearson NCS and the assessment division of AGS Publishing with the original Pearson Assessments business - offers products and services to deliver the accurate, reliable and usable information that professionals seek.

Pearson Knowledge Technologies and Pearson Assessments are businesses of Pearson Education, the world's largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson's other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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