IOWA CITY, Iowa–Oct. 24, 2006–Pearson Education today launched two new interpretive guides for its PASeries® product line. The “Family’s Interpretive Guide” and the “Teacher’s Interpretive Guide” were developed as tools for understanding PASeries assessment results and using them to improve student achievement.

PASeries (Progress Assessment Series®) is the first formative assessment product line designed to forecast student growth toward state performance standards or grade-level expectations. First launched in 2004, the PASeries product line now includes Algebra I, Mathematics, Reading and Writing.

The “Family’s Interpretive Guide” was developed to help parents and guardians understand the PASeries Student History and Forecast Report. The single-page guide explains each item on a PASeries report in easy-to-understand language and includes links to Web resources as well as a glossary of commonly used assessment terms.

The “Teacher’s Interpretive Guide” provides information to help teachers understand the PASeries Student History and Forecast Report, the Class History and Forecast Report, and the Item Analysis Report. The information provided by this guide will help teachers who are new to PASeries use the results to link assessment to classroom instruction.

“The new PASeries interpretive guides were developed to help parents and teachers understand student assessment results and how to use the data to improve teaching and learning for students,” said Douglas Kubach, president, Pearson Educational Measurement, developer of PASeries. “With the help of these guides, parents and teachers can use PASeries assessments to keep students on the right track for meeting state or district performance standards.”

Both guides include information about The Lexile Framework® for Reading and The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics, the reading and math measurement scales used in PASeries products. Lexiles® provide a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing easy monitoring of student progress. For example, if a student received a Lexile score of 1000, that student could be matched to books or other resources that have a Lexile level of 1000 (“Black Beauty,” for instance). Lexiles are the most widely adopted reading measure in use today.

PASeries Mathematics and the award-winning PASeries Algebra I use Quantiles®. Launched in 2004, Quantiles measure mathematical 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. PASeries is the first formative assessment product to use Quantiles.

Developed to provide educators with better ways to measure student progress and tie assessment to classroom instruction, PASeries assessments are scientifically valid, reliable and research-based tests. PASeries tests are designed for completion in one class period and for delivery either on paper or online with quick electronic reporting of results. Additionally, PASeries diagnostic assessments are available to measure student response to intervention and to provide a comprehensive view of student strengths and weaknesses.

During the 2005-2006 school year, the progress of more than 130,000 students in more than 200 school districts nationwide was evaluated with PASeries formative assessments.

PASeries is distributed to states and districts by Pearson Educational Measurement and Pearson Assessments. For more information about the PASeries product line, visit www.PASeries.com. About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in educational publishing. With brands such as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Educational Measurement, Pearson Assessments, Pearson Digital Learning, Pearson School Systems, Pearson Learning Group and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond. Pearson Education is part of Pearson, the international media company, whose other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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