SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

September 10, 2007 08:00 ET

ETS Launches New Version of Its MAPP Test for Use in Distance Learning and Blended Learning Environments

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - ETS announced today that it has launched a new version of its Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP™) test, enabling institutions to assess students in traditional, distance learning and blended learning environments more conveniently. The new version of the MAPP test is administered online without a proctor, making the MAPP test the only national, standardized general education outcomes assessment available in an unproctored format.

The scores from the new version are statistically equated to the scores from the proctored version. ETS will collaborate with institutions to further evaluate the comparability of scores from the two versions.

"Gathering evidence of institutional effectiveness is an important task, but it can also be a tedious, time consuming and expensive one," says David Payne, ETS's Associate Vice President for Higher Education. "The MAPP test is the most widely used, standardized, general education outcomes assessment in the United States, and now the MAPP test is the only standardized general education assessment that enables institutions to collect information on general education learning outcomes using either a traditional, proctored version or an unproctored version. The unproctored version makes the assessment process more logistically feasible for institutions that want to administer the test online but may not have computer labs that can accommodate large numbers of students or that aren't being used for other purposes."

Students can take the new version of the MAPP test anywhere they can access the Internet, and at any time within the testing window established by the institution. Scores are available immediately after completion of the test.

"Use of the new version of the MAPP test enables University of Maryland University College to gather and analyze critical student learning data that is used to make direct improvements in academic programs, instructional practices, and curricular refinement," says Dr. Lawrence Leak, Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer at UMUC, which is an international leader of distance education. "UMUC was eager and fortunate to collaborate with ETS on the pilot instrument and now uses the new version to fulfill our annual student learning assessment activities worldwide."

The MAPP test is the only integrated assessment to measure college-level reading, writing, critical-thinking and mathematics skills in the context of the humanities and the social and natural sciences. The ability to gain comparative data enables institutions to gauge their progress with like institutions. The unproctored version will offer the same type of comparative data now offered for the proctored version.

More than 340 institutions use the MAPP test to provide evidence of program effectiveness for accreditation, strategic planning and performance-based funding, and to demonstrate student leaning outcomes. The MAPP test is available in two forms -- an abbreviated 40-minute form and a standard two-hour form -- and can be delivered online or in paper/pencil format.

For more information, please visit www.ets.org/mapp or contact us at 1-800-745-0269 or highered@ets.org.

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 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 www.ets.org.

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