Pearson launches Progress Assessment Series

Pearson Education today launched the first formative assessment products designed to forecast student growth toward state performance standards. Released for the 2004-2005 school year, the first two products in the Progress Assessment Series? (PASeries?) product line, PASeries Reading and PASeries Mathematics, use the scientific Lexile® scale for reading measurement and its new companion Quantile? scale for mathematics to evaluate student progress.

Developed to provide educators in grades 3 through 8 with better ways to measure student progress and tie assessment to classroom instruction, PASeries assessments are scientifically valid, reliable and research-based benchmark tests. PASeries tests are designed for completion in one class period and for delivery either on paper or online with quick electronic reporting of results.

?PASeries was designed to help states and school districts meet increasing community demands for accountability,? said Douglas Kubach, president, Pearson Educational Measurement.  ?Using the tools in these innovative assessment products, teachers can now map instruction directly to learning needs and meet the ultimate goal of testing ? improving student achievement.?

Used in PASeries Reading, Lexiles provide a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing easy monitoring of student progress.  More than 19 million students will receive a Lexile measure during the 2004-2005 school year.  The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics, also launched today by MetaMetrics Inc., developer of The Lexile Framework® for Reading, measures math achievement on a scientific, developmental scale similar to the way that Lexiles measure reading ability.

Each PASeries Reading assessment includes a screening test for placement and three progress monitoring tests for each grade. PASeries Mathematics assessments include a screening test for placement, six progress monitoring tests for each grade and diagnostic tests by strand with item analysis reports.

More than 40,000 students from districts such as Miami-Dade County School District, Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Long Beach Unified School District and Houston Independent School District participated in 2003-2004 school year field tests of PASeries Reading and PASeries Mathematics.

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in educational publishing. With brands such as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Educational Measurement, Pearson NCS, Pearson Learning Group, LessonLab, and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond.  Pearson Education is part of Pearson, the international media company, whose other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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