BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 23, 2007 – Pearson Assessments today announced that the newest version of its Prosper assessment system is a finalist in the Software & Information Industry Association´s (SIIA) 22nd Annual Codie Awards. Prosper is recognized in the "Best Student Assessment Solution" category.

The Codie Awards recognize 72 categories of outstanding products and services. This year´s finalists represent an impressive array of technology and business excellence, passion and success. They were chosen from more than 1,200 nominations, submitted by more than 600 companies – breaking the record set in the 2006 awards.

The "Best Student Assessment Solution" category recognizes the best stand-alone, computer-based or online solution for high-stakes assessments/preparation for high-stakes tests at the K-12 or postsecondary levels.

"Educators use Prosper to develop classroom tests and then to analyze the results so they can tailor instruction to meet student learning needs," said John Harnett, president, Pearson Assessments. "We are honored to have this formative assessment system recognized by the information technology industry."

Launched in October 2006, the new capabilities in Prosper version 4 were developed based on feedback from educators using the assessment system and other experts. 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.

"The 2007 Codie finalists represent real winners even at this stage of the contest," said Ken Wasch, president, SIIA. "Competition is fiercer than ever, and that makes selection as a Codie finalist a real achievement. All the companies on this year´s list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition."

In the next step of the Codie Awards process, SIIA members will select winners in each category. The 2007 Codie Awards will be presented on April 17 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. For a complete list of the 2007 Codie Award finalists, visit www.siia.net/codies/2007/finalists.asp .
For more information about Prosper, visit www.PearsonAssessments.com/Prosper .
About Pearson Assessments

Pearson Assessments (www.PearsonAssessments.com ) 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 (www.pearsoned.com), 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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