BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Sept. 28, 2006 – Pearson Assessments today introduced The Bridge of Vocabulary, the only explicit vocabulary intervention program tied to evidence-based research and curriculum standards and developed for both general and special educators. The product will be available November 13.

The sophisticated new tool enables educators to meet guidelines set by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which require that teachers and specialists use evidence-based teaching practices to ensure their students receive high-quality instruction and intervention.

The Bridge of Vocabulary is brief, focused and flexible and directly links specific vocabulary intervention with a research-based strategy and presents a systematic, intensive approach to help foster vocabulary and language growth. Written for multiple users, it facilitates collaboration among speech-language pathologists (SLPs), classroom teachers, reading teachers and other education professionals.

“Vocabulary serves as a bridge for both general and special education professionals, as it brings us together to serve students in more and more collaborative ways,” said the book’s author, Judy K. Montgomery, Ph.D., professor of special education and literacy at Chapman University, Orange, Calif. “No longer do we need to rely on the general education teaching book’ or the SLP or Reading Teacher materials’ since we can all work from the same book.”

The Bridge of Vocabulary targets five age levels, from preschoolers through adult learners. Early learners use pictures to help them grasp early vocabulary concepts, elementary students use both oral and written activities, and older learners use reasoning skills to master abstract vocabulary concepts.

The book provides more than 100 professional-led activities, all of which have been field-tested by classroom teachers and speech-language pathologists. An accompanying CD-ROM offers additional guided practice activities, independent practice, word cards and picture cards.

“The Bridge of Vocabulary is a one-of-a-kind tool for vocabulary intervention that offers a systematic, intensive approach to fostering vocabulary and language growth,” said Carol Watson, executive vice president and publisher, Pearson Assessments. “It’s ideal for both general and special education professionals and can be used with a variety of student populations.”

Montgomery has more than two decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist, school principal and director of special-education in California public schools. She is currently chair of the Scientific and Professional Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and in 1995 served as ASHA’s president.

Montgomery’s recent work and publications focus on the practical application of scientifically based reading and language research for all children. She has written 19 articles and book chapters on effective service delivery for general and special education, as well as seven books.

For more information on The Bridge of Vocabulary, visit the Pearson Assessments website at www.pearsonassessments.com or call (800) 627-7271. Note to Editors

A pre-publication pricing offer for The Bridge of Vocabulary is $39.99 through Nov. 1 for the book and CD, reflecting a 20 percent discount from the published list price. After Nov. 1, the price returns to $49.99.

About Pearson Assessments

Pearson Assessments provides assessment instruments and data capture tools and technologies for use in education, health care and business settings. Backed by nearly a half century of knowledge and expertise, Pearson Assessments – integrating Pearson NCS and the assessment division of AGS Publishing with the original Pearson Assessments business – offers products and services to deliver the accurate, reliable and usable information that professionals seek. Pearson Assessments is a business of Pearson Education, the world’s largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson’s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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