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Pearson Launches Two New Online Tools to Enhance Massachusetts Teacher Licensure Testing Program

BOSTON — March 17, 2010 —

The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson is launching two new online tools to provide educator licensure candidates and educator preparation programs with improved access to test registration and results information on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®). The education, technology and services company, Pearson, is the testing service contractor for the MTEL program. Pearson has worked with staff at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to debut My Account, an online personal account system for educators taking the state’s licensure tests, and ResultsAnalyzer™, a tool that will enable educator preparation programs to customize reports to analyze candidate and institution MTEL test results and data.

With the MTEL program’s new My Account feature, candidates taking MTEL tests will have a single, online point of access for all of their testing information. After signing up for “My Account,” they can register for tests, print test session admission information, find test results and view testing history at their convenience through a streamlined, user-friendly interface. Each candidate’s account with a unique username and password is securely protected by Pearson’s industry-leading encryption technology.

“Licensure candidates are eager for tools to help them better manage the testing process, and faculty and administrators at educator preparation programs want to chart improvements in candidate preparation and programs,” said David Haselkorn, Associate Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for Education Policy, Preparation, Licensure, and Leadership Development. “My Account and ResultsAnalyzer provide important new tools for managing the testing process in a technologically savvy way.”

With the ResultsAnalyzer tool, faculty and administrators at educator preparation programs can access and create reports analyzing the test results of teacher candidates from their institutions. These customizable reports will facilitate data analysis for trends over time and gaps in preparation course curricula, as well as self-reported demographic data, such as major course of study and matriculation status. With this powerful information at their fingertips, colleges and universities preparing students to teach in Massachusetts public schools can shape the future of their educator preparation programs to ensure that their graduates are successful candidates for licensure.

Designed to ensure that Massachusetts educators can communicate adequately with students, parents and other professionals and that they are knowledgeable in the subject matter in which they are licensed, the MTEL program was launched by the state in 1998. The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson developed and currently administers the MTEL program under a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary education.

“The launch of these two new online tools demonstrates that Massachusetts education leaders understand the ways that technology can enhance and simplify the management of their educator licensure testing program,” said William Gorth, Ph.D., president of the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. “The state’s ongoing enhancement of its program is key to ensuring that all Massachusetts classrooms are led by qualified teachers.”

For more information or to register for the MTEL, go to http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/. For more information about the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, visit http://teacher.PearsonAssessments.com.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for pre-kindergarten through professional learning, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher development, career certification programs and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, the Stanford Achievement Test Series, the Wechsler family of assessments, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global charitable giving initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.

For more information, press only:

Adam Gaber, Pearson, 800-745-8469, adam.gaber@pearson.com
Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, lwolfe@lwolfe.com