Pearson and the College Board Launch ACCUPLACER®//MyFoundationsLab
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Pearson and the College Board Launch ACCUPLACER®//MyFoundationsLab

DENVER — June 24, 2011 —

As part of an effort to tackle the country's persistent college readiness challenge, Pearson and the College Board today announced ACCUPLACER®//MyFoundationsLab, a solution to enhance college preparedness and student success that offers targeted assessment and remediation. The announcement was made at the College Board's 2011 ACCUPLACER National Conference in Denver today.

The new program combines ACCUPLACER Diagnostics, the College Board's computer-adaptive assessments of skills, with Pearson's MyFoundationsLab, a proven online remediation program for reading, writing and mathematics. ACCUPLACER//MyFoundationsLab identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses for each student and then builds a personalized learning path linking students to tutorials, interactive instruction and practice exercises with instant feedback to master core concepts for college and career readiness.

ACCUPLACER//MyFoundationsLab is designed for use in both high school and college programs. Enabling students to work at their own pace, the program builds the requisite skills that are needed to succeed in credit-bearing, postsecondary degree programs. Improving overall preparedness accelerates students’ time to college completion, saving them critical tuition dollars and financial aid.

"For many students, and especially those who are underserved, remediation could be the key to ensuring that they have a better chance at earning college degrees," said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board. "This collaboration with Pearson enables the College Board to contribute a proven tool for strengthening this crucial area of the education pipeline."

"Billions of dollars are being spent to support students who lack the basic developmental skills needed to handle college-level work, which necessitates enrollment in remedial programs that cost time and money at a time when institutions and students can least afford it," said Bill Barke, chief executive officer of Pearson Arts and Sciences. "Our collaboration with the College Board on ACCUPLACER//MyFoundationsLab is designed to support institutions and instructors in their efforts to improve student achievement and retention and get students moving quickly into a successful college experience."

About the College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

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About Pearson

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).

Media Contact:

Pearson: Susan Aspey, 800-745-8489
College Board: María de los Ángeles Corral, 212-713-8106