Pearson Educational Measurement Expands Capacity

Largest Educational Assessment Provider Adds Scoring Centers to Meet Increasing Customer Needs

Pearson Educational Measurement (PEM) today announced increased scoring capacity with the addition of three new scoring centers and two temporary centers to provide a full range of custom assessment services for states and large school districts.

In addition to its 12 existing scoring centers across the nation, three regional Pearson Educational Measurement scoring centers have opened since the beginning of the year.  A Westerville, Ohio, facility and a Duluth, Ga., center opened in February; a second Jacksonville, Fla. facility opened in early March, and additional sites in Norfolk, Va. and Auburn, Wash. will handle temporary scoring projects.  PEM will hire an average of 400 scorers at each of its new facilities. 

The scoring centers will support Pearson Educational Measurement's state scoring contracts.  Pearson expects to hire more than 10,000 scorers this year to assign more than 100 million student scores.  The company provides scoring to 20 states, a number of test publishers, scoring of the new SAT writing essay, and scoring for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as ?The Nation's Report Card.?

PEM also expanded its local capabilities in its Iowa City scoring facility and will be adding a new administration building in Coralville, Iowa in summer 2005. This will bring PEM to 15 permanent scoring centers, two temporary alternate assessment centers and one scoring administration complex.

?Throughout our 50 years in the education industry we've evolved to provide the highest quality comprehensive services that any state department of education may need,? said Douglas Kubach, president and CEO of Pearson Educational Measurement. ?Our PEMSolutions suite of services allows us to create, deliver, score, report and analyze assessment results to meet the unique needs of our customers.?

About Pearson Educational Measurement
Pearson Educational Measurement, the largest comprehensive provider of educational assessment products, services and solutions, helps states and large school districts meet the requirements of education reform while using testing and assessment to promote learning.  As a pioneer, PEM has been a trusted partner in district, state and national assessments for more than 50 years. 

PEM's full-service offerings for K-12 and other assessment organizations include PEMSolutions (Pearson Educational Measurement Solutions) for custom assessments, both online and on paper; PASeriesÔ (Progress Assessment Series) for formative assessments; Perspective for performance reporting; and a wide range of data warehousing and other
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 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.

For more information on Pearson Educational Measurement, visit the website at www.pearsonedmeasurement.com.

About PEMSolutions
PEMSolutions (Pearson Educational Measurement Solutions) is a comprehensive suite of custom assessment services to meet the specific needs of states and large school districts. PEMSolutions provides the ability to create quality assessment instruments through Test & Measurement Services, deliver tests both on paper and online with its Assessment Network, score a full spectrum of test items with the Scoring Network, report test results to educators and parents quickly through Reporting Services, and analyze results through Research Services.

PEMSolutions provides summative, formative, English language, and alternative assessments. Schools benefit from flexibility in type or mode of testing and are able to test later while getting results back earlier. All PEMSolutions programs are enhanced by certified program management, world-class customer service and a highly responsive account team.

   
Further information
Sarah Rades
+1 (319) 339-6954
sarah.rades@pearson.com