SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

November 29, 2007 08:00 ET

ETS and Athletic IQ Announce Plans to Develop Assessments That Measure the Teamwork and Leadership Potential of Student-Athletes

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Educational Testing Service's Interactive Learning Division and Athletic IQ (AIQ) announced today an agreement to work together to build a comprehensive set of assessments that will help student-athletes, their parents, athletic directors, and coaches evaluate the athletic potential of student-athletes.

Under the agreement, the two industry leaders will work together to create assessments that measure teamwork, leadership, and other non-cognitive qualities. AIQ currently offers assessments of student-athletes' physical ability and potential, measuring athletic traits such as speed, strength, body composition, flexibility, agility, vertical leap and hand/eye coordination.

"ETS has been researching and developing assessments that measure students' non-cognitive traits -- like teamwork, leadership and motivation -- for about a decade," says Charles Cascio, Vice President of ETS's Interactive Learning Division. "The prospect of adding a research-based personal skills assessment to Athletic IQ's physical assessment is very exciting. Together, these snapshots can build a more comprehensive picture of who the athletes are and engage them in ways that have the potential to make them more productive students."

ETS will also perform validity studies for the Athletic IQ assessments and design an additional assessment that opens a personal skills profile of the student-athlete.

"Athletic IQ provides reliable and comprehensive information about student-athletes to the student-athletes, their parents, athletic directors and coaches," says Bruce McKinnon, CEO of Athletic IQ. "Our collaboration with ETS to validate our physical assessments helps strengthen the AIQ brand. In addition, the non-cognitive assessments will add a whole new dimension to how a student-athlete is evaluated."

ETS and AIQ anticipate launching the new assessments in the spring of 2008.

ABOUT ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related service 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 50 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at www.ets.org.

ABOUT ATHLETIC IQ

Athletic IQ is a Boston-based athletic assessment organization founded on the belief that all student-athletes deserve a fair evaluation of their ability and potential. AIQ provides standardized, accurate, and objective measurement of physical and athletic performance metrics for male and female student-athletes from 13 years old through college age across twenty-one sports. Athletic IQ is also the name of the organization's flagship product, which is the first standardized, fully-automated athletic evaluation. Comprising seven individual stations, the Athletic IQ Circuit quantifies athletic potential through an electronic evaluation and reporting system. Additional information is available at www.athleticiq.com.

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