SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

March 21, 2011 12:00 ET

ETS Launches Data Manager for The Praxis Series™ Assessments

Innovative Data-Analysis Tool Shows Performance Trends -- Will Help States Guide Program Improvements and Provide Accountability Data

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - Educational Testing Service (ETS) today announced the launch of its new Data Manager for The Praxis Series assessments, a powerful data-analysis tool that allows Praxis™ state and agency clients to analyze their teacher candidates' aggregated Praxis scores to gain insight into performance and trends, and to access data that can help guide program improvements.

"The ETS® Data Manager for The Praxis Series assessments is our latest example of using innovation to provide instant access -- anytime, anywhere -- to the data necessary for informed decision making," said ETS Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Teacher Licensure and Certification Linda Tyler.

State departments of education can view data for test taker groups by gender, ethnicity, educational level, type of teacher preparation program, or other variables. The queries can be customized for each state. Steps have been taken to protect the privacy of test-taker information as well as the individual agencies and institutions that serve them.

The Data Manager is a dynamic interactive statistical tool provided as a free service to ETS's Praxis clients. Users are guided through four basic steps to create a variety of customized reports and also can quickly download the most commonly requested summary and pass reports. The tool also has sophisticated graphical display capability.

"The tool presents a vast array of data exploration and analysis options," said James Kenyon, Assistant Director, Nevada Department of Education. "Its navigation capabilities make it very user friendly."

Access to the Data Manager is provided via the Internet from a secure website, and is restricted to Praxis state and agency clients. Use of the tool will expand to Praxis institutional clients later this year.

About ETS
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

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