Pearson Hosts Second Webinar to Support the Transition to Next Generation Assessments

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Experts to Showcase Last Three Steps in Comprehensive Process for Initiating or Expanding Online Testing

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Next Tuesday, Pearson is hosting the second in a series of webinars designed to help states and districts navigate the transition from paper-and-pencil to online assessments. These webinars are one more component in Pearson’s overall campaign to help states make the transition from paper-and-pencil to online assessments by 2014.

The November 1 online workshop, “Ensuring Interoperability,” Step 4: “Communicating Proactively” and Step 5: “Anticipating Ongoing Change,” will address the final three steps in Considerations for Next Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014, a comprehensive guide for making the transition, released by the company earlier this year.

Interoperability and the use of standards to enable assessment interoperability are not new concepts, but they are relatively new to K-12 education. Interoperability standards set limitations on what tests can and cannot do, to achieve the goal of having assessments that are highly interoperable between multiple technologies, systems and platforms.

To address this topic, Pearson’s Vice President of Online and Technology Implementation, Bryan Bleil, will be joined by Vice President of Technology Strategy Wayne Ostler, who has recently blogged on the topic ( They will discuss evaluating and understanding state-specific portability and interoperability needs, creating a forum for sharing technical knowledge, establishing ongoing staff training and ensuring that ongoing change – especially as the technology marketplace itself continues to change – is anticipated and planned for in state assessment programs.

Other components, such as white papers and a video series, illustrating Pearson’s commitment to helping states transition to online assessments and increase personalized learning for all students, are featured on a special website, Next Generation Assessments.

To register for this webinar, held November 1, 1-2 p.m. CT, click here.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to

For more information: Adam Gaber, Pearson, 800-745-8489 / adam.gaber(at)pearson(dot)com / @apgaber (twitter)


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