DURHAM, N.C.–Oct. 24, 2006–MetaMetrics® Inc. announced today that Andrew Kyngdon, Ph.D., has joined the company’s team of psychometricians as a senior research scientist. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he taught psychometrics, conducted personal research and was principal researcher on commercial projects.

MetaMetrics is the Durham-based developer of The Lexile Framework® for Reading and The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics. As the most widely used reading measure in use today, Lexiles® provide a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing easy monitoring of student progress and reading comprehension. Quantiles® measure mathematics achievement and problem solvability on a scientific, developmental scale similar to the way Lexiles measure reading ability and text difficulty. Quantile measures identify the mathematical skills a student has mastered and those that require further instruction, enabling teachers to use Quantiles to differentiate mathematics instruction, monitor student development and forecast performance on end-of-year tests.

“Andrew will be a great addition to MetaMetrics as we continue to refine The Lexile Framework for Reading and pioneer other new educational measurement tools,” said Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., president. “We look forward to the contributions he will make to the work of our team of leading psychometricians.”

Psychometrics is a branch of psychology dealing with the design, administration and interpretation of quantitative tests for the measurement of psychological variables such as intelligence, aptitude and personality traits. It is particularly important in today’s educational environment because of the emphasis on tying student assessment to improved achievement.

Kyngdon has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals. He holds a doctorate of philosophy and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Western Sydney.

Kyngdon joins Smith and other experienced MetaMetrics psychometricians who continually work to further refine the accuracy of the Lexile Framework and the Quantile Framework, as well as to develop other measurement tools for educational assessments. The MetaMetrics psychometric team includes:

*A. Jackson Stenner, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer

*Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., president

*Donald S. Burdick, Ph.D., research and development consultant

*Samantha Burg, M.Ed., Quantile Framework research associate

*Heather Koons, M.A., Lexile Framework research associate

*Andrew Kyngdon, Ph.D., senior research scientist

*Eleanor E. Sanford-Moore, Ph.D., vice president of research and development

*Carl Swartz, Ph.D., senior research associate

*Gary L. Williamson, Ph.D., senior research associate

*Hal Burdick, M.S., senior product manager

*Robert Baker, Ph.D., research associate

About The Lexile Framework for Reading/The Quantile Framework for Mathematics

MetaMetrics Inc. developed The Lexile Framework for Reading and its companion scale, The Quantile Framework for Mathematics. The Lexile Framework (www.Lexile.com) provides a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, enabling teachers and parents to choose materials that can help to improve student reading skills and monitor literacy across the curriculum and at home. Recognized as the most widely adopted reading measure in use today, Lexiles are part of reading and testing programs at the district, state and federal levels. More than 100,000 books, 80 million articles and 60,000 Web sites have Lexile measures, and all major standardized tests can report student reading scores in Lexiles. Launched in 2004, Quantiles (www.Quantiles.com) measure student mathematical achievement and concept/application solvability similar to the way Lexiles measure reading proficiency. The Quantile Framework represents a student’s ability to think mathematically in a taxonomy of math skills, concepts and applications. The Quantile strands-Geometry; Measurement; Numbers and Operations; Algebra/Patterns & Functions; and Data Analysis & Probability-integrate and align with the strands described by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).


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