Iowa City, Iowa — ACT, Inc. announced today the completion of an agreement
with the National Center for Education Accountability (NCEA) of Austin,
Texas, under which NCEA will operate as an ACT-owned non-profit
organization. NCEA will continue providing Just for the Kidsschool
improvement products and services and data-driven best practices research.
ACT will provide funding, research, and other support that will allow NCEA
to accelerate the delivery of improvement services to schools and districts
throughout the country.

"The partnership between NCEA and ACT is a logical one," said Richard L.
Ferguson, ACT Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Both organizations are
committed to providing high-quality, research-based services which, when
used properly, promote student success in college and career."

NCEA is a leader in the use of data and best-practice research to foster
school improvement. NCEA supports the efforts of educators, policymakers,
business leaders, and community leaders as they strive to raise academic
expectations and promote practices that help more students enroll in and
graduate from college and prepare well for their future careers. ACT is an
international not-for-profit organization whose mission is helping people
achieve education and workplace success.

"ACT and NCEA have complementary competencies for supporting continuous
school improvement," said Cyndie Schmeiser, President and Chief Operating
Officer of ACT´s Education Division. "NCEA´s focus has been predominately
in K-12, while ACT´s has been in grade 8 through college, with our EXPLORE,
PLAN, ACT, and college outcomes assessments. ACT´s WorkKeys system is also
used extensively by schools, colleges, and employers across the nation.
Together, ACT and NCEA will cover the broad spectrum of K-16 education and
workforce development, while providing world-class, comprehensive school
improvement assistance."

"We are thrilled," said Michael Hudson, President of NCEA. "The more we´ve
worked with ACT, the more we have come to admire the organization´s mission
and research expertise. We´re currently outlining multi-year, complementary
research and development agendas that we will be pursuing jointly and in
tandem. Our goals and objectives are highly compatible and we are confident
that the new relationship will benefit children and schools throughout the

ACT is a not-for-profit organization that serves millions of people
in schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government
agencies with programs and services that have one guiding purpose — to help
people achieve education and workplace success. For more information about
ACT, visit

The National Center for Educational Accountability is a non-profit,
non-partisan organization and the national sponsor of Just for the Kids.
The organization´s goals are to support efforts to reach excellence in
education, to raise academic expectations, and to promote the practices
that will help more students reach college/career readiness. For more
information about NCEA, visit

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