Work to include coordinating test design, development, analysis and reporting
PRINCETON, N.J., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Center on Education Statistics ( NCES), has awarded three contracts to Educational Testing Service ( ETS) to design, administer and report results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The award continues ETS's 30-year involvement with "The Nation's Report Card." In addition, ETS will coordinate an alliance of organizations responsible for operational components of the program.
The five-year contract will require the alliance to design innovative test content that takes advantage of new technologies and advances in cognitive sciences and the science of measurement. As specified by the government's Request for Proposal, ETS bid with a team of four other contractors as the "NAEP Alliance.""NAEP is the most visible and closely watched K-12 assessment program in the country," says ETS President Kurt Landgraf. "It provides valuable information to parents, policymakers, educators and the media, and we are honored with the opportunity to continue to serve the nation." The NAEP assessments provide regular snapshots of what fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students know and can do in major curricula like reading, writing, mathematics and science, and track their academic progress over time. "This contract renewal is due in large part to the excellent work we've done on the NAEP contract in the past," says Stephen Lazer, ETS Vice President for Student and Teacher Assessment. "But the victory is also a testimonial to the fact that the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is confident in our ability to help them introduce substantial innovations in the next few years. This has been the hallmark of ETS's work on NAEP over the past 30 years: We have never rested on our laurels, but continue to work with our clients to drive the program forward." The next five years will be one of the most transformational periods for the program since ETS won its first NAEP contract in 1983, according to Jay Campbell, Executive Director of the NAEP program. "We will need to quickly, efficiently and effectively move most of NAEP assessments to computer and/or device delivery. But this transformation is not just about moving from paper to computer. The Department of Education expects, and we are ready to deliver, new and innovative assessment content that leverages technology to enhance what can be measured and reported about students' educational progress." ETS is well-positioned to make this happen, he explains.