IOWA CITY, Iowa – Dec. 13, 2006 – Pearson Education announced today that PASeries® (Progress Assessment Series®), its award-winning formative assessment product line, is aligned to mathematics standards in a rapidly growing number of states, allowing teachers, administrators and parents to use the test results to forecast student performance on statewide assessments.

The new alignments for PASeries Mathematics and PASeries Algebra I were made using The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics. Launched in 2004 by MetaMetrics® Inc., Quantiles® measure student math achievement on a developmental scale. 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).

“Since the launch of PASeries two years ago, we have been committed to aligning the formative assessment tool with state standards across the country,” said Douglas Kubach, president, Pearson Educational Measurement, developer of PASeries. “We are pleased that the two math assessments in the product line are now aligned to state learning goals in a total of 17 states.”

PASeries Mathematics is aligned to state standards in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. PASeries Mathematics includes a screening test for placement, six progress monitoring tests for each grade and diagnostic tests by strand with item analysis reports.

PASeries Algebra I is aligned to state standards in California, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The newest product in the PASeries product line, PASeries Algebra I was developed for students in grades 6-12. PASeries Algebra I tests are designed for completion in one class period and for delivery either on paper or online with quick electronic reporting of results. PASeries Algebra I assessments are scientifically valid, reliable and research-based formative tests that include six progress-monitoring tests and five diagnostic tests for targeting instruction.

In addition to PASeries Algebra I and PASeries Mathematics, the product line includes PASeries Reading and PASeries Writing. Alignment guides for all PASeries products are available from the Resource Library at
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.
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