Our History
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Our History

Pearson has a long and rich history in assessment that dates to the early 20th century. During our history, we have been committed to providing quality assessments, efficient testing procedures, and valid and reliable information to help all individuals succeed.

Fast facts from Pearson’s history

1844 We were founded in 1844 by Samuel Pearson (S. Pearson) in Yorkshire, England.  
1910 By the 20th century, we'd grown into one of the world's biggest construction companies.  
1920 Pearson moved into newspapers in the 1920s and publishing in the 1950s.  
1953 E.F. Lindquist founds Measurement Research Center (MRC), which would later become part of Pearson. This same year MRC was chartered to score Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
1969 Pearson goes public on the London Stock Exchange. The company's interests now range from banking to investment to publishing.
1998 Pearson completes the acquisition of Simon & Schuster educational operations. Pearson Education now leads in every major sector of educational publishing, including elementary and secondary school, higher education, professional education, English Language Teaching (ELT), and educational technology, both in the U.S. and internationally.
2000 Pearson acquires NCS, creating the world's largest education company.  
2001 Pioneers secure online testing system for state exams (Pearson)
2009 Pearson launches new computer-adaptive ACCUPLACER system for the College Board with auto-scored essays.
2011 Pearson acquires Schoolnet, helping educators innovate the way school districts gather and use data to support student success and improve teaching and learning.
2018 Today, we're solely focused on helping people make progress in their lives through learning. Every year, we help more than 75 million people embrace their passion and ambition for learning new skills.  

The world of education is changing more rapidly than ever, and at Pearson we’re looking to the future. We’re constantly innovating, embracing new technologies, and anticipating the needs of learners.