SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

October 12, 2007 11:22 ET

ETS Wins New 5-Year National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Contract

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - October 12, 2007) - The U.S. Department of Education has extended Educational Testing Service's (ETS) contract for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), popularly called "The Nation's Report Card," for another five years.

The extension for 2008-12 continues ETS's nearly 25-year association with the most important, nationwide, educational assessment programs in the United States. The nonprofit company has been a contractor or grantee for the NAEP program since 1983.

The U.S. Department of Education, in reality, awarded ETS three contracts -- one each for item development; design, analysis and reporting; and alliance coordination. The third contract follows Department of Education regulations requiring that as many as four organizations collaborate to carry out the NAEP work. ETS will continue to work with Fulcrum IT, Pearson and Westat, which are all participants with ETS on the current NAEP contract.

"As the NAEP program continues to expand and to incorporate new technologies into its design, the well-earned reputation of NAEP as the most influential and reliable source for information on student achievement must be maintained," says Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of ETS. "We believe that the need for continuity of high standards while innovations are introduced and the program is expanded was a key factor in the U.S. Department of Education decision to select ETS and its alliance partners to conduct the NAEP program for another five years."

"We believe that the Department's awarding of these three contracts to ETS was the result of our track record in meeting deadlines and delivering high-quality service to the National Center for Educational Statistics," explains Jay Campbell, Executive Director, NAEP, at ETS. "Even with our long history on the project, we believe that the Department saw that ETS continues to offer the type of creative thinking and solutions that promote both innovation and efficiency."

"The NAEP program will face some exciting challenges during the next five years," says Walt MacDonald, Vice President of Higher Education and National Assessment at ETS. "For example, legislation currently being drafted and debated in Congress may add science to the list of subject-area assessments in which states are required to participate. As early as 2009, state- and district-level assessments may be introduced at grade 12. In addition, the subject areas that are assessed and reported at the state level could be expanded to include U.S. history and civics at grades 8 and 12. ETS and its partners demonstrated through our proposal that we were ready to meet these challenges successfully."

About ETS

ETS 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. In 2006, ETS developed, administered and scored more than 50 million assessments in over 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations worldwide and, in 2006, had consolidated revenues of $836 million. Additional information is available at www.ets.org.

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