Pearson Illuminates Path for Transition to Next Generation Assessments With Webinars Open to the Public

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Experts to Showcase Step-by-Step Process for Initiating or Expanding Online Testing

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Pearson today announced a new 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.

In these two new online workshops, participants will be walked, step by step, through Considerations for Next Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014, a comprehensive guide for making the transition, released by Pearson earlier this year. The series host, Pearson’s director of Online and Technology Implementation Bryan Bleil, will be joined by other experts from the company, who will delve deeply into the roadmap and answer questions about initiating or expanding online testing.

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.

A complete list of the webinars and topics follows:

  • Step 1: “Conducting a Needs Analysis,” and Step 2: “Develop a Transition Strategy”

Oct. 6, 2011 - 1-2 p.m. CT
Participants will learn how to evaluate the tools and resources they already have available and create a detailed strategy, action plan and timeline for initiating or expanding online testing. Bleil will be joined by Ellen Strain-Seymour, Ph.D.,
Pearson’s director of Digital Content Development.
Register here.

  • Step 3: “Ensure Operability,” Step 4: “Communicate Proactively” and Step 5: “Anticipate Ongoing Change”

Nov. 1, 2011 - 1-2 p.m. CT
This session will address evaluating and understanding state-specific portability and interoperability needs, creating a forum for sharing technical knowledge, establishing ongoing staff training and ensuring that ongoing needs are anticipated.
Register 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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