Pearson Educational Measurement awarded American Diploma project assessment contract

Company to Develop, Deliver and Manage Algebra II Exam for Multi-State Consortium

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Pearson Educational Measurement, the leading provider of state and national educational assessment solutions, today announced it has been awarded a contract by Ohio on behalf of nine American Diploma Project (ADP) Network states to deliver a new Algebra II exam. The project marks the largest effort ever undertaken by a group of states to develop a common assessment based on common standards. Besides Ohio, the nine-state consortium includes Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. 

The project is an initiative of the ADP Network, a group of 29 states committed to preparing all students for college and work. ADP Network states educate nearly 60 percent of all U.S. public school students. The ADP Network, formed by the bipartisan, nonprofit organization Achieve, Inc., at the 2005 National Education Summit on High Schools, helps states align high school standards, assessments, curriculum and accountability with the demands of college and work. 

Achieve provides policy leadership, technical assistance and other support to the ADP Network states and will assist the nine-state consortium by supporting development of the test, providing an annual report comparing the performance of participating states, and helping the states share and develop tools and strategies for improving teaching and learning in high school math.

 "The states in this initiative are committed to collaborating to ensure that all of their students are prepared for the demands of work and higher education," said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve. "We are pleased to welcome Pearson as our partner as we launch our program of assessments for measuring college readiness with the Algebra II exam."

Pearson's four-and-a-half-year contract includes developing, delivering and managing the assessment program. The test will first be administered in May 2008, and during the first year it is projected that more than 200,000 students will take the Algebra II exam either online or on paper.

"We will contribute Pearson's deep breadth of experience in assessment research, development, delivery and management to the ADP Network's testing program," said Douglas Kubach, president, Pearson Educational Measurement. "We are proud to work with Achieve and this consortium of leaders from around the country as they collaborate to raise the rigor of high school curriculum standards, promote college readiness, and improve secondary math instruction in their states."

About Achieve, Inc.

Created by the nation's governors and business leaders, Achieve, Inc., is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work and citizenship. Achieve was founded at the 1996 National Education Summit and has sponsored subsequent Summits in 1999, 2001 and 2005. At the 2005 Summit, Achieve launched the American Diploma Project Network. For more information, please visit www.achieve.org.

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. For more information, visit www.pearsonedmeasurement.com. 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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