SALT LAKE CITY – November 13, 2007 – Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Certiport today announced an agreement to create a solution leveraging their assessment and certification programs around digital literacy and critical thinking with regard to information and communications technologies (ICTs). The two industry leaders expect the combined solution will help a wide variety of organizations hone the skills of current and prospective employees, creating a more capable and productive workforce.
Under the agreement, Certiport and ETS will take the first steps toward jointly marketing their flagship products-Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC"®) and ETS’s ICT LiteracyTM Workforce Assessment-to educational, government and corporate customers.
According to David Saedi, Certiport’s CEO, "ETS and Certiport recognize that education and workforce development organizations alike continue to grapple with the urgent issue of developing current and relevant technology literacy, and that, until now, this requirement has been compounded by the lack of a comprehensive, industry-supported solution."
"To date," said Saedi, "the non-aligned and partial remedies offered by multiple providers often complicate and even delay decision-making processes around this critical issue. The collaboration between ETS and Certiport is the first alignment between two key industry leaders in pursuit of a more standardized and unified solution for ICTs-one that will gauge the true measure of an individual’s level of digital literacy, analytical and critical capabilities as applied in work and learning environments."
"This is a breakthrough agreement for each organization," said Chuck Cascio, vice president of ETS’s Interactive Learning Division. "This agreement gives ETS the opportunity to partner with a world-class organization and obtain an established distribution channel for our ICT Literacy Workforce Assessment. It also allows us to bring our extensive core capabilities and creativity to this important initiative, adding another milestone to our broad-based education initiatives."
Bundled products resulting from this collaboration can develop and validate learners and employees’ basic computer hardware, software and Internet knowledge and skills using Certiport IC", and then measure their ability to apply critical thinking to use those skills in actual workplace situations using the ETS’s ICT Literacy Workforce Assessment.
Certiport prepares individuals with current and relevant digital skills and credentials for the competitive global workforce. These solutions are delivered by more than 12,000 Certiport Centers worldwide and include the official Microsoft® Office certification programs, Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, and Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC"®). For more information, visit www.certiport.com
ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related service for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions, and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at www.ets.org