Pearson Educational Measurement wins Washington state WASL testing contract

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Pearson Educational Measurement today announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract to implement the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

The WASL covers grades 3-8 and 10 and includes reading, math, writing and science.  Pearson Educational Measurement will deliver all of the services required to implement the new WASL program, including test development, psychometric services, software development, printing, packaging, distribution, scanning, scoring, reporting and data management; and conduct a pilot program for the on-line delivery of the test.

For the next two years, Pearson will develop the test for grades 3, 5, 6 and 8, to be administered in spring 2006.  Grades 4, 7 and 10, which are already being tested as part of an existing contract Pearson has as a subcontractor to the Department, will be folded into this new contract in the 2005-06 school year.  All grades will be tested in the spring of 2006 to comply with the timetable of the federally mandated No Child Left Behind law. 

Pearson has worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction on the WASL since 1994 as a subcontractor to Riverside Publishing. 

"We're delighted to provide our full-service capabilities to the state of Washington on its innovative Washington Assessment of Student Learning," said Douglas Kubach, President and CEO of Pearson Educational Measurement.  "We will be managing and delivering all aspects of the program, utilizing Pearson's proven expertise, proprietary systems and quality processes."

 About Pearson Educational Measurement

Pearson Educational Measurement is the largest full-service provider of large-scale assessment services in the U.S., providing comprehensive assessment services and products to local and state education agencies as well as other assessment organizations and the federal government.  Pearson Educational Measurement understands how assessment activities promote learning and benefit students, teachers, parents, and schools. It is helping the largest states in the nation to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind educational reform act, including mandated summative assessments, formative assessments, English language assessments, alternative assessments, online testing, data warehousing and data analysis and reporting services.

Pearson Educational Measurement operates as a business of Pearson Education, the world's largest 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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