NEWTOWN, Pa.–June 26, 2007–Vantage Learning (www.VantageLearning.com), the world´s leading provider of online assessment tools and instructional writing solutions, and Thomson ELT, a leading provider of English teaching and learning products throughout the world, announced plans to work together to improve assessment feedback for ELL students.

Thomson ELT will utilize Vantage´s patented IntelliMetric® automated essay-scoring technology through an Application Programming Interface (API), which automatically sends student responses directly to Vantage servers for instant, accurate scoring from Thomson ELT applications.

This cost-effective model provides instant essay feedback and scoring for students and teachers, enabling them to quickly identify areas of strength and needed improvement, and allows teachers to focus their efforts on teaching, rather than scoring essays.

IntelliMetric is used by leading educational organizations, including The College Board, ACT, and the Graduate Management Admission Council®. It´s also the scoring engine within Vantage Learning´s flagship MY Access!® instructional writing program, which is used by K-12 educators to significantly improve students´ writing achievement and test scores.

Paul Edelblut, Vice President of Vantage Learning, says, "We are delighted to initiate this worldwide partnership with Thomson ELT. Our commitment to the advancement of ELL students is something we take very seriously, and we are very excited about the opportunity to provide our products on a global scale. The ability to get instant feedback and scoring in several different languages is one more way teachers can customize our products for different learning levels and proficiencies, and increase their English competency and knowledge for a successful educational career."

IntelliMetric, Vantage Learning´s automated essay scoring engine, is recognized as the most accurate system in the industry. IntelliMetric uses artificial intelligence to instantly score open-ended and constructed-response questions with documented levels of accuracy and reliability exceeding that of human expert scorers. Vantage Learning´s IntelliMetric consistently applies the pooled knowledge, or scoring rubric, of expert scorers to the essays it receives.

"Our ability to provide the Vantage product to our customers will save time for teachers and provide highly effective and immediate feedback to learners," says Dennis Hogan, President of Thomson ELT. "We´re pleased to be in a position to integrate the IntelliMetric system with our core technology offerings."

About Vantage Learning

Delivering more than 146 million online test transactions last year, Vantage Learning is recognized as the leader in cost-effective, high volume, secure, scalable online assessment and instructional programs for K-12 and higher education. Leveraging technology such as artificial intelligence, natural language understanding, and Web-based learning objects, Vantage provides educators with high-quality tools and resources that motivate students to learn and that create meaningful interaction between students, parents and teachers.

Acknowledged by industry leaders as the gold standard for scoring quality, consistency, reliability, and scalability of automated essay scoring using the patented IntelliMetric® engine, Vantage Learning has received accolades ranging from the prestigious CODIE Award for best instructional technology to recognition by Eduventures as one of the eight most innovative educational technology companies.

About Thomson ELT and Thomson Learning

Thomson Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications, and services that foster academic excellence and professional development, as well as provide measurable learning outcomes to its customers. Thomson Learning´s mission is to shape the future of global learning by delivering consistently better learning solutions for learners, instructors, and institutions. Thomson ELT is a leading provider of materials for English language teaching and learning throughout the world. It publishes under the brand of Thomson Heinle. You can learn more about Thomson Learning and Thomson ELT by visiting us on the Web at elt.thomson.com.

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