January 31, 2007 09:24 ET

America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation's Future

ETS Releases Landmark Report at National Press Club Newsmaker

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 31, 2007 --

WHAT: ETS will release a landmark report at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference that warns that America is in the midst of a perfect storm that, if unaddressed, will continue to feed on itself, further dividing us socially and economically, jeopardizing American competitiveness and threatening our democratic ideals.

"America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation's Future," a report by ETS's Policy Information Center, contends that the convergence of three forces -- inadequate literacy skills among large segments of our population, the continuing evolution of our economy and the nation's job structure, and an ongoing shift in the demographic profile of our country powered by the highest immigration rates in almost a century -- will have dire consequences for America. Our nation is at a crossroads and must determine whether to continue on a path that could turn the American dream into an American tragedy, or invest in new policies that will help reduce the impact of the storm and allow us to grow together.

WHO:   Kurt M. Landgraf, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service
       Arthur J. Rothkopf, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
       Irwin Kirsch, Director, Center for Global Assessment, ETS

WHEN:  10 a.m. February 5, 2007

WHERE: National Press Club, 13th Floor, Peter Zenger Room
       529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance 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. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

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