NCS Pearson awarded Georgia electronic testing contract

NCS Pearson, Inc., the nation’s largest commercial processor of student assessment tests and a leading education company, today announced it was awarded a contract by the Georgia Department of Education to score the state’s high school end-of-course tests using its proprietary electronic test delivery system, eMeasurementTM Services. NCS Pearson is owned by Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), the international media and education company.

“We’re delighted that Georgia has chosen NCS Pearson to provide on-line scoring,” said Gary Mainor, president, NCS Pearson’s Assessments and Testing business. “This affirms the appeal of our approach to on-line testing to states pursuing electronic delivery options.”

Georgia’s high school end-of-course tests are given in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The tests will be gradually introduced electronically in 2003 with full on-line delivery by 2005.

"We're excited about Georgia becoming one of the forerunners in the nation in the area of on-line testing. This method of testing will dramatically reduce scoring and reporting demands by providing immediate results to schools. We look forward to working with NCS Pearson on this endeavor," said Linda C. Schrenko, State Superintendent of Schools.

Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Education renewed its contract with NCS Pearson for implementation of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Technology Initiative, including on-line delivery of the Virginia SOL end-of-course tests.

Virginia and Georgia are among the first of several states beginning statewide implementation of on-line testing. NCS Pearson, as the industry leader, has aggressively worked to develop secure on-line testing solutions as one way to shorten scoring time and utilize Web-based technology in ways that benefit all constituents.

NCS Pearson is a global provider of applications, services and technologies for education, testing, assessment and complex data management. The company operates as a business of Pearson Education, the world’s largest integrated learning company.

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