Educational Testing Service

July 14, 2010 09:00 ET

ETS and MAXIMUS Join Forces to Provide School Districts With Items for Formative Assessments

PRINCETON, NJ and RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) -  Educational Testing Service and MAXIMUS, Inc. today have announced an agreement to provide the ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank as part of the MAXIMUS TIENET® system. The agreement provides those school districts that select the TIENET solution the additional option to choose from a comprehensive bank of test questions for creating custom district-wide and classroom-level assessments.

The ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank contains more than 62,000 high-quality items that measure English Language Arts (reading and writing) and mathematics standards for kindergarten through grade 12 and science standards for grades 3 through high school. The items are aligned to the standards of all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the ETS National Frameworks. ETS has designed the items in the bank to be used to create custom formative assessments, resulting in educators' ability to monitor and track student progress. Outcomes from the assessments furnish teachers, schools, and districts with valuable student data that can help guide and improve instruction.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to join forces with MAXIMUS and provide our extensive collection of assessment items to more school districts," said ETS Associate Vice President for Business Development Robert Block. "The agreement blends the assessment development expertise of ETS with the curriculum, assessment, Response to Intervention (RTI) and special education software provided by MAXIMUS."

Endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education, the TIENET special education case management system documents activities throughout the special education process, including pre-referral, eligibility and IEP development. TIENET's Web-based instructional management system helps educators navigate RTI initiatives and organize the instructional process to monitor student achievement of mandated educational standards.

Dr. Philip E. Geiger, Senior Vice President of the PreK-12 Education Practice at MAXIMUS, added, "The inclusion of the ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank as an option within our TIENET solution results in a more comprehensive system for our clients to monitor student progress."

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.

MAXIMUS is a leading provider of government services worldwide and is devoted to providing health and human services program management and consulting services to its clients. The Company has more than 6,500 employees located in more than 220 offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Additionally, MAXIMUS is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.

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