Sun Microsystems and NCS Pearson Bring E-Testing To State Classrooms Using The Sun One Platform

March 22, 2002

SANTA CLARA, CA — March 19, 2002 — Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced

that it is working with NCS Pearson and its state assessment services to provide

high-stakes electronic testing and measurement services based on the Sun[tm]

Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) platform. The open standards Sun ONE platform

enables Sun and NCS Pearson to offer a solution that helps schools score and

record tests quickly, allowing for immediate feedback and reporting; provide

faster access to learning information; integrate statewide assessment and classroom

instruction and organize student schedules.

Sun and NCS Pearson are helping transform the traditional testing process –

from delivery to reporting – by bringing a comprehensive set of Web-based test

processing systems and services directly to customers’ desktops. The new e-testing

services solution successfully uses the Internet’s ease of use and flexibility

to improve the testing process and help speed turnaround times for student scores,

while increasing the accuracy of data collection. The solution is based on Sun

ONE, Sun’s vision, architecture, platform and expertise that enables the development

and delivery of services on demand.

"States are looking for reliable, cost-effective solutions from trusted

partners as they increasingly leverage technology to implement new services

such as high-stakes testing to determine eligibility for grade promotion and

graduation," said Kim Jones, vice president of global education and research

for Sun Microsystems. "Leveraging the Sun ONE architecture and strong relationships

and programs within the iForce Initiative will help enable educational institutions

to implement new services that both integrate with existing infrastructures,

and which are designed for continued innovation."

NCS Pearson and Sun built and pre-tested this educational solution in Sun’s

iForce[sm] Ready Center in Menlo Park, Calif. The companies teamed to build

and refine the new solution to meet security requirements. Sun’s iForce Ready

Centers are an integral part of the iForce Initiative and are a key manner through

which Sun and its iForce community are "collaborating for customer success."

Sun’s iForce Initiative brings together Sun, its customers and its partners

to create and deliver solutions that help customers leverage the network to

improve business processes.

"The Sun platform provides the security, reliability and scalability features

required for deployment of high-stakes state assessment programs. By working

with Sun in their iForce lab, we were able to demonstrate that our application

in Sun architecture performed to our expectations," said Wayne Ostler,

director of electronic testing, NCS Pearson.

About NCS Pearson

NCS Pearson is a global provider of applications, services and technologies

for education, testing, assessment, government and complex data management.

The company operates as a business of Pearson Education, the world’s largest

integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson plc, the international

media and education company.

Sun Microsystems in Education

Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges and

universities around the world, powering academic, research and high performance

computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and student instructions

systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the world’s students to

the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools and extending to

all levels of higher education. For more information:

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