Florida Department of Education awards Next Generation Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test contract to Pearson

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) announced today its intention to award the Next Generation Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) contract to Pearson.

Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) May 4, 2009 -- The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) announced today its intention to award the Next Generation Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) contract to Pearson. As part of Pearson's work with FDOE, the company will provide item, test and pre- and post-test ancillary development; psychometric review and support; print and production services; and distribution, retrieval, scoring and reporting services.

Pearson, through its acquisition of Harcourt Assessment, has provided item, test and pre- and post-test ancillary development, psychometric review and support, as well as print and production services for the FCAT Development contract since 2000. Pearson previously held the administration contract from 2000-2005.

Announcement of this award follows an open bidding process.

FCAT is an accountability measure designed by FDOE and Florida educators and informed by national experts. The assessment is unique to Florida and offers educators opportunities to design their instructional practices around the particular instructional needs of their students. This assessment meets the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

The term of the contract with Pearson is five years and will end on December 1, 2013. Pearson remains engaged with the FDOE in finalizing all details, but the prospective contract has a potential value of $254.1M USD.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.

For more information

FL DOE-Melanie Mowry-Etters 850.245.0413, DOEPressOffice@fldoe.org
Pearson-Adam Gaber, 212.641.6118, adam.gaber@pearson.com