Pearson Awarded Three-Year Contract to Administer California Teacher Licensure Testing

Company's Evaluation Systems Group Collaborated With California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to Develop Teacher Exams

SACRAMENTO, Calif., and HADLEY, Mass. - Pearson announced today that its Evaluation Systems group has been awarded a three-year contract to continue managing teaching certification testing for the state of California. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing selected the company to administer the California Basic Education Skills TestTM (CBEST®), the California Subject Examinations for Teachers® (CSET®) and the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment® (RICA®). Under previous contracts, the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson (formerly National Evaluation Systems) collaborated with the Commission on the development of these teacher certification examination programs.

"The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recognizes that when we put excellent educators in our state's classrooms, we are ensuring that our children will receive a high-quality education," said Dale Janssen, executive director. "We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to promote educational excellence in California through our rigorous program of certification exams, measuring both basic skills and a wide variety of subject area competencies."

The CBEST is designed to test basic reading, mathematics and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator. The CSET tests subject matter competence, ranging from mathematics, science and social studies to more than 15 foreign languages. As part of the California Reading Initiative, designed to improve the state's students' reading abilities, the RICA was developed to ensure that California teachers have the knowledge and skills important for providing effective reading instruction.

"As the largest and one of the most diverse states in the country, California meets its educational challenges head-on by recognizing that putting highly qualified teachers in its schools must be a top priority," said William Gorth, Ph.D., president of the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. "We are proud to continue to collaborate with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as it implements a teacher certification testing program that will help the state achieve its educational goals for all of its children."

For more information about the CBEST, CSET and RICA teacher certification examination programs, visit www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. For more information about the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, visit www.nesinc.com.

About Pearson

Pearson 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. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, AGS, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, TeacherVision and many others. 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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