New Maryland Science Assessment to be Created and Delivered by Pearson Educational Measurement

New Maryland Science Assessment to be Created and Delivered by Pearson Educational Measurement

BALTIMORE and IOWA CITY, Iowa - Pearson Educational Measurement, the largest comprehensive provider of state and national educational assessment solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract to create and deliver the new Maryland Science Assessment for grades 5 and 8. This full-service contract includes content and test development and integrated online and paper test delivery capability. The Maryland Department of Education plans to launch this new assessment in spring 2008.

"The Maryland Department of Education is pleased to collaborate with Pearson Educational Measurement as we expand the Maryland School Assessment to include science," said Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools.

Pearson Educational Measurement will work with Pearson Knowledge Technologies to pilot the use of its Knowledge Analysis TechnologiesTM (KAT) automated scoring engine for the open-ended questions on the new science assessment.

"Pearson Educational Measurement brings a wide variety of capabilities to the development of this innovative science assessment for Maryland students," said Douglas Kubach, president and CEO, Pearson Educational Measurement. "We look forward to working with Superintendent Grasmick and her colleagues to develop and deliver this new test."

About Pearson Educational Measurement

Pearson Educational Measurement, the largest comprehensive provider of educational assessment products, services and solutions, helps states, school districts, teachers and parents support standards-based reform while using testing and assessment to promote learning and academic achievement. As a pioneer, Pearson Educational Measurement has been a trusted partner in district, state and national assessments for more than 50 years.

Pearson Educational Measurement's full-service offerings for K-12 and other assessment organizations include PEMSolutionsTM (Pearson Educational Measurement Solutions) for custom assessments, both online and on paper; PASeries® (Progress Assessment Series) for formative assessments; PerspectiveTM for performance reporting; EDWARDTM (Education Data With Assessment Reporting Dynamically) for assessment-based education data management and reporting, as well as other essential educational assessment products and services. Pearson Educational Measurement operates as a business of Pearson Education, the world's largest education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company.

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