May 01, 2008 13:56 ET

ETS Honors Arthur E. Wise

President, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Receives Award for Commitment to Education

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Arthur E. Wise, President of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), received a special award for his work in the pursuit of excellence in education at a conference of education officials from throughout the country hosted by ETS. Wise is retiring in June.

In presenting the award, ETS President and CEO Kurt Landgraf cited Wise's "outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to advancing quality education for all children," and thanked him for his service and wisdom. Wise, who has led the Washington, D.C.-based teacher accreditation organization for 18 years, emphasized the organization's dedication to advance teacher quality nationwide.

"I am honored to receive this award from ETS," said Wise. "And I'm pleased with and respect ETS's commitment to the teaching profession and to ensuring a qualified teacher in every classroom so that all children can be well served."

The award was presented at the opening dinner of a conference of state education leaders and administrators, ETS researchers, and experts in teacher certification and licensure. With "Putting Quality to the Test" as its theme, the gathering focused on the Praxis™ program's continued commitment to providing quality teacher assessments through innovative program improvements.

The Praxis Series™ assessments are used by more than three dozen states to help license and certify teachers.

"Teacher quality is immensely important for ETS," explained Landgraf. "There is a growing body of research on the link between quality of teaching and level of student achievement, and ETS is deeply engaged in examining this link. This is why ETS is honored to share NCATE's dedication to support and advance teacher quality, and why as a nation we must commit to recruit and retain those teaching professionals that make the greatest impact."

The Praxis I® assessment measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and is used as a pre-professional teaching program skills assessment. The Praxis II® assessments measure knowledge of specific K-12 subjects, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. Individuals entering the teaching profession take these tests as part of the teacher licensing and certification process required by many states. The Praxis III® performance-based assessment is used to examine first-year teachers' classroom practice.

To learn more about The Praxis Series, visit

About ETS

ETS, a nonprofit organization, celebrates a 60-year history of advancing quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 50 million assessments in over 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

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