SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

August 18, 2009 13:00 ET

ETS and Schoolnet, Inc. Join Forces to Deliver Integrated Formative Assessment Solution to K-12 School Districts

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - August 18, 2009) - Educational Testing Service (ETS) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Schoolnet, Inc., the leader in data-driven education software to K-12 school systems, to allow Schoolnet to distribute ETS® item banks together with Schoolnet's assessment and instructional management solutions.

The relationship blends the core competencies of each organization -- unparalleled psychometric research and assessment development with a tightly integrated suite linking data analysis, formative assessment and standards-aligned curriculum management.

"Schoolnet solutions are built on the premise that school districts can choose best-of-breed content," said Jonathan D. Harber, CEO, Schoolnet. "We are thrilled to be able to offer ETS's researched and proven item banks as a preloaded option within the Schoolnet Suite."

The ETS item banks measure reading, mathematics, science and writing skills aligned to specific state standards measured by state summative tests. Thousands of high-quality items were carefully created by ETS using a rigorous item development process, and the items can be combined into benchmark or formative assessments to help educators understand and monitor student progress toward mastering state standards.

By providing ETS test items within the context of the Schoolnet suite, ETS and Schoolnet will further help educators raise the level of student achievement.

The ETS item banks will be loaded into Schoolnet Assess® -- the formative assessment module of Schoolnet's suite. Assess provides districts with all of the tools required to create, manage and deploy district-wide, site-based and classroom assessment programs. Assessments can be deployed online, or bubble sheets can be created on plain-paper or scan forms.

Schoolnet's suite links data analysis and reporting to formative assessment, standards-aligned curriculum management, grade books, professional development management, and district and parent portals. As a result, Schoolnet's suite allows clients to:

--  Increase student achievement
--  Increase teacher efficiency and effectiveness
--  Enhance central office productivity
--  Build learning communities
--  Communicate and engage continuously with parents
    

"Our core competency is in item and test development, so a strategic relationship with Schoolnet offers K-12 school districts a complete assessment and reporting platform plus our research-based products and services," explains Robert Block, ETS Associate Vice President for Business Development. "Schoolnet's education solutions combined with ETS's item banks will help districts improve efficiency and efficacy, in addition to helping educators develop and administer quality, customized assessments to increase student achievement."

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® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

About Schoolnet, Inc.

Schoolnet, Inc. is the leader in data-driven education software for Public Schools, helping K-12 school systems to improve efficiency and increase achievement. Schoolnet's solutions provide users with the data, reports, tools, and content to develop talent, individualize instruction, and ensure school improvement. Schoolnet's solutions are used successfully by some of the nation's largest school districts including Chicago and Philadelphia. Schoolnet won the 2007 Codie Award for Best K-12 Enterprise Solution. The company was a finalist for four Codie Awards in 2009. Schoolnet also has been recognized by both Inc. Magazine's Top 500 List and Deloitte's Fast 50 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the country. For more information, please visit www.Schoolnet.com.