Pearson Brings America's No.1 School Test to India
June 2012

Pearson Brings America’s No.1 School Test to India

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The International standard of excellence in achievement testing for over 80 years, now has its own India edition. Pearson launches Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition (India) in Kolkata

Pearson, the world’s largest education company, has launched Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition (India) – Stanford 10 India in Kolkata. This is the Indian adaptation and standardization of the gold standard for achievement testing. The Stanford 10 India was launched at a guest lecture event presided by Dr Jose Aikara, Chariman, ICSE Board, on ‘The Future of Assessment in Indian Schools’. Also present for the launch were principals and educationists from prominent schools in Kolkata.

Devised to suit the needs of the Indian education system, Stanford 10 India is a valid and a reliable tool needed for objective assessment of academic achievement based on application-based learning of classroom curriculum. It is mapped onto all educations boards in India such as ICSE, CBSE, and IB.

Stanford 10 India enters India at an interesting juncture, when the country is slowly realizing that application of learning is more valuable than getting good marks by rote-learning. Stanford 10 India gives parents, teachers and the students a glimpse of where a child stands on a national percentile scale, unlike normal exams where the child is tested against her classmates alone. This test series measures student’s progress towards high academic standards. It includes a range of user friendly score-reports, designed with the inputs from administrators and teachers across the country and also supports teaching, learning and accountability requirements.
Speaking on the occasion, Naveen Rajlani, Senior Vice President, ELT and School, Pearson Education, said, “We, at Pearson, firmly believe that application-based learning fosters higher order of thinking skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. Stanford Assessment Test Series’ relevance in the Indian educational environment is higher as more and more educators now realise that learning by rote is ineffective. In our endeavour to bring the best for the Indian education system, Stanford 10 India is yet another product, unmatched in its category. It will help schools in India change the way they educate students by helping and encouraging application-based learning over rote-learning.”

Dr Aikara is the current Chairman of ICSE commenting on the test said, “Achievement tests are essential for objective assessment of academic standards. Using application-based evaluation methods makes the learning and teaching process for the students and teachers more user-friendly and meaningful. Look at my hand. All my fingers do not have the same length or the
same function. Hence, learning and assessments should be customized for each child.”

Commenting on the product, Sushil Eapen, Managing Director, Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment, said, “Pearson has launched the Stanford Achievement Test, one of the best known student achievement tests in India. This test has been adapted and standardized for our country. Pearson will be introducing Mathematics, Science and English tests for grades 3-10 in India and has plans to introduce more subjects in future years. The test will be beneficial for students, parents and teachers across India.”//

Benefits and features of Stanford 10 India

  • Comprehensive assessment of achievement for students tested on Mathematics, English and Science
  • Wide range covered through eight test levels, from classes 3 to 10
  • Easy-hard-easy format encourages students complete the test
  • Listening section, introduced for the first time in India for an in-depth assessment of language skills
  • Full color testing materials engage and motivate children more effectively during test taking
  • Easy-to-navigate test documents offer a hassle free testing experience
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