BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 4, 2006 – Pearson Assessments today launched the newest version of its award-winning Prosper” assessment system. Prosper version 4 includes new reports that allow teachers and school administrators to quickly identify at-risk students and standards that require instructional intervention. New networking capabilities make the software easier to install, manage and share data throughout a school. Enhanced imaging capabilities allow educators to easily score performance items and compare them to objectives.

First launched in 2004, the Prosper assessment system puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers for creating, scoring and analyzing classroom tests while minimizing the administrative burden.

“Our goal is to simplify every step of the formative assessment process with Prosper,” said John Harnett, president, Pearson Assessments. “The enhanced reports and advanced networking capabilities in Prosper version 4 make it even easier for teachers to create customized assessments and have instant access to meaningful data to shape instruction.”

Using the new “Standards-At-Risk” report, teachers and school administrators can pinpoint standards that require additional instructional intervention, while the added “Learner Instructional Targets” report allows teachers to quickly identify students who need remediation and keep them on track for meeting learning goals. In addition, these reports offer teachers an objective tool for guiding discussions about student performance at parent-teacher conferences.

School administrators will benefit from the assessment system’s ability to import state learning standards from Prosper’s “Academic Standards Library,” allowing them to easily compare student progress toward learning goals. They can select their own groups for the new “Demographic Comparison” report to show where specific groups of students are on the path to achieving standards.

Developed to be installed on a building network, Prosper version 4 is locally-deployed on the school’s servers, making it easier for administrators to aggregate student data and view it from a building administration perspective. With Prosper’s enhanced imaging capabilities, test results scanned using an OpScan® iNSIGHT” scanner can be presented directly on the computer screen and the new “Review Wizard” combines scores so that teachers can produce rubrics and analyze and score performance items as well as selected response items.

Schools and districts across the country are using existing versions of Prosper to track and improve student achievement. For example, the assessment system is used at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, one of the largest districts in North Carolina, serving 50,400 students at 72 schools.

Wes Leiphart, assessment manager, said since the district has implemented quarterly tests using Prosper, it has exceeded state growth in every category of the Adequate Yearly Progress measures of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. “We’re close to doubling what the state has done in every category,” he said “I think we’re going to see gains like we’ve never seen before.”

More information about Prosper and a full case study describing Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ experience using the assessment system are available online at www.PearsonAssessments.com/Prosper.

About Pearson Assessments

Pearson Assessments provides assessment instruments and data capture tools and technologies for use in education, business and health care settings. Backed by 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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