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ACT and Pearson Support Local Learning Program

IOWA CITY, IOWA — May 12, 2010 —

In recognition of ACT’s 50th anniversary and 50-year working relationship with the Assessment and Information Group of Pearson, the companies will contribute a combined $100,000 to the Iowa City Community School District Foundation to support a Complementary Learning Program which starts this summer for Iowa City elementary school students. The ICCSD Foundation recognized ACT and Pearson as two of their “2010 Friends of Education” for their many years of support at a breakfast gathering this morning on the ACT campus.

“Working with the ICCSD teaching staff, ACT and Pearson to create this summer academic program was a great experience,” said Jacki Brennan, Executive Director of the foundation. “This is truly a collaborative effort between the business community and the public schools to provide a high quality educational experience to help our students succeed.”

“We are thrilled that Pearson joined with ACT in supporting this very worthwhile effort,” said Dick Ferguson, ACT CEO and Chairman. “We believe that support for the summer program offers a fitting way for our two organizations to demonstrate our mutual interest in helping students achieve academic success.”

“For more than half a century, Pearson and ACT have collaborated to support innovation and development in the worldwide assessment industry as well as the growth of the Iowa City community,” said Douglas Kubach, President and CEO, Assessment and Information Group of Pearson. “We are proud to make this donation to the Iowa City School District Foundation in honor of ACT's 50th anniversary."

ACT and Pearson will each donate $25,000 this year and another $25,000 next year for a total donation of $100,000. The gift and in-kind research support will help provide a 5-week summer program for public school elementary students in Iowa City, where both companies are located and employ about 2500 people. The summer program will be followed by a 28-week after school program that will engage students for 3 hours after school each day.

The Complementary Learning Program is designed to use evidence-based interventions to improve reading and math skills for elementary students currently performing below grade level.

About ICCSD Foundation
The Iowa City Community School District Foundation was founded in November of 1981 as a private non-profit corporation in response to significant budget cuts the district was required to make due to declining revenues. The ICCSD Foundation works to create partnerships with local businesses and individuals to generate private funding to target specific unfunded needs within the schools. Each year the Foundation also raises unrestricted dollars in support of the Excellence Fund. Grants to the school district from the Excellence Fund support a variety of projects and programs throughout the district that enhance student learning. To learn more visit www.iccsdfoundation.org.

About ACT
Founded in 1959, ACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT provides a broad array of assessments, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people—nationally and internationally—in middle and high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies. Find out more at www.act.org.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about the Assessment group of Pearson, visit www.pearsonassessments.com.

Contacts

Jacki Brennan, ICCSD Foundation
319.688.1012; brennan.jacki@iccsd.k12.ia.us

Scott Gomer, ACT Media Relations
319.337.1028; scott.gomer@act.org

Adam Gaber, Pearson
800-745-8469, adam.gaber@pearson.com