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Pearson Announces Revolutionary Tablet-Based Interactive Assessment for English Language Learners at FETC 2015

TELL (Test of English Language Learning) Leverages Touch and Speech Recognition to Automatically Measure Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing Skills

ORLANDO — January 21, 2015 —

Today at FETC 2015, Pearson announced TELL (Test of English Language Learning), a tablet-based assessment developed to support schools as they ensure that the growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) build English language skills and stay on track to meet today's rigorous academic standards. TELL leverages one of the most widely used, reliable and accurate automated scoring technologies to give teachers quick access to the information they need to inform instruction, while providing district leaders with the data they need to meet state and federal reporting requirements.

"English language learners are the fastest growing student population in the United States and 60 percent of those students are in elementary school. When we talked to school and district assessment directors as well as English language teaching specialists from around the country, they emphasized the critical need for a new and engaging approach to measuring English language proficiency that accurately diagnoses students' needs and monitors their progress," said Alistair Van Moere, Ph.D., president of Pearson's Assessment Product Solutions.

TELL is an interactive assessment experience. Students watch video clips and interact with pictures and words, then answer questions out loud. They listen, write, read and speak—all with no mark-ups or grading by teachers. TELL screens, diagnoses and monitors each ELL student's progress throughout the school year.

Student responses—written and spoken—are automatically scored by Pearson's automated scoring technologies, providing teachers with access to accurate results to inform instruction within minutes. Over the past 15 years, Pearson's spoken and written language assessment technologies have scored millions of responses and are supported by research studies that demonstrate that they score as accurately as an expert human grader.

Pearson Senior Product Manager Paula Hidalgo, Ph.D., said, "We leveraged the power of our research-based automated scoring technologies combined with the interactivity of the tablet environment to develop a tool to measure students' English language proficiency at key points during the school year in a flexible, reliable and consistent way."

Fully scalable, TELL can be used with just one student at a time, a small to large group, or for whole-class administration at the school or district level. The assessment covers all four foundational language skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—and is aligned to today's rigorous standards.

TELL will be available in fall 2015. For more information about, visit www.PearsonAssessments.com/TELL.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

Media Contact: Brandon Pinette, brandon.pinette@pearson.com, or (800) 745-8489