Arizona Department of Education Awards "Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)" Contract to Pearson

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – June 1, 2009 – The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) today announced that it has awarded a new contract for Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) program to Pearson after receiving unanimous approval from the Arizona State Board of Education (SBE).

The AIMS testing program consists of custom, criterion-referenced tests aligned to Arizona Content Standards in reading, mathematics, science and writing for students in grades 3-8 and high school. The AIMS assessments are an important part of Arizona's AZ-LEARNS district and school accountability program and are also used to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 for measuring adequate yearly progress (AYP).

High school students who pass AIMS assessments in reading, mathematics and writing are eligible to earn an Arizona high school diploma. Reading and mathematics assessments for grades 3-8 are augmented with Pearson's nationally normed Stanford Achievement Test, 10th Edition (SAT-10), which is also administered separately in reading, mathematics and language arts for students in grades 2 and 9.

"On behalf of everyone at Pearson, we are honored that the ADE selected us to help deliver a high-quality assessment program aimed at improving teaching, learning and academic achievement for all Arizona students," said Douglas Kubach, president and CEO, Assessment and Information Group of Pearson.

The new contract is valued at approximately $11.8M USD through June 2010, after which time it is annually renewable through June 2014 based on the state's discretion, bringing the total potential contract value to $68.2M USD over a maximum five-year term.

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: Pearson-Adam Gaber, 212.641.6118, adam.gaber@pearson.com