Pearson Wins New Five-Year Testing Contract From U.S. Department of Education

Pearson to assist with transition to online delivery of Nation's Report Card

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The United States Department of Education has awarded a new five-year contract for the period 2008-2012 to the Educational Measurement group of Pearson for delivering and scoring the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Pearson has been responsible for scoring NAEP, also known as the "Nation's Report Card," since 1989. Pearson will continue to work with its alliance partners - Educational Testing Service; Westat, Inc.; and Fulcrum IT - which are all participants with Pearson on the current NAEP contract.

In addition to materials distribution, test processing and scoring of constructed responses and essays, Pearson will provide a secure online test delivery platform as NAEP transitions over time from paper-and-pencil to online testing, especially as part of the 2009 Science and 2011 Writing assessments. New, innovative online interactive computer tasks in science will be field-tested beginning in 2008 using Pearson's technology.

"The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the gold standard for measuring the progress of our students and the quality of public education. As new innovations and technologies are introduced over the next five years, the highest standards of quality and service must be maintained," said Douglas Kubach, president and CEO of the Assessment and Information group of Pearson. "The National Center for Educational Statistics can continue to rely on Pearson and its alliance partners for timely and accurate information while we provide new, innovative solutions for measuring what our nation's students know and can do."

NAEP will be administered every other year to survey the nation's fourth-, eighth- and twelfth-grade students in reading and mathematics. Testing occurs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense schools both domestic and international, and other U.S. Territories.

About Pearson

The Educational Measurement group of Pearson is a comprehensive provider of educational assessment products, services and solutions. A trusted partner in district, state and national assessments for more than 50 years, Pearson helps administrators, teachers, parents and students use assessment and research to promote learning and academic achievement. For more information, visit www.pearsonedmeasurement.com.    

Pearson (NYSE: PSO) is the global leader in educational publishing, assessment, information and services, helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. For students preK-12, Pearson provides effective and innovative curriculum products in all available media, educational assessment and measurement for students and teachers, student information systems, and teacher professional development and certification programs. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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