NEW YORK, NY, June 28, 2007 ? The Princeton Review (NASDAQ: REVU), a leading provider of test preparation, educational support, and college admissions services, today announced a one-year contract to provide a Periodic Assessment Program for the 32,000-student Aurora Public Schools. The assessments are low-stakes tests which allow educators to monitor students´ progress, and identify problems during the school year so that they can effectively intervene to address student needs.
"We are delighted to have been selected to work with the educators and students in Aurora," said John Katzman, CEO of The Princeton Review. "We were confident that our hands-on service and superior technology would produce the best results against our competition, as well as prove that formative assessments are the most effective way to help students who have gaps in their skills," said Katzman.
The contract calls for The Princeton Review to develop the tests, which are given three times during the school year to students in grades 3-10. The tests cover multiple subject areas, including math, reading, and writing, and are aligned to state standards and to meet NCLB requirements. The contract also provides for some assessments to be administered in Spanish, and to be used as an academic screening for new to English students.
The results of the tests are designed exclusively to give educators a snapshot of students´ academic progress, making possible timely, targeted intervention. The company also trains school administrators and teachers to interpret the data to inform instruction, adjust their lessons or give students extra attention.
"The Aurora Public Schools is combining a variety of resources to transform instruction in our district. Our new partnership with The Princeton Review will provide our teachers valuable interim assessments that will further guide instruction. We are confident that these new resources will help teachers better meet individual student learning needs and increase achievement in our district," said John L. Barry, Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools.
The Princeton Review is one of the largest formative assessment providers in the country, working with many states and districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, the state of Tennessee, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) is a pioneer in the world of education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the Company offers private tutoring and classroom and online test preparation to help students improve their scores in college and graduate school admissions tests. The Company´s free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, helps over half of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for their higher education, and helps hundreds of colleges and universities streamline their admissions and recruiting activities. In addition, The Princeton Review works with school districts around the U.S. to measurably strengthen students´ academic skills by connecting ongoing assessment with professional development and instruction and by providing districts with college and career resources for both students and guidance counselors. The Company also authors more than 200 print and software titles on test preparation, college and graduate school selection and admissions, and related topics.