The American Education Corporation Releases a Major New Assessment Product Based on Industry-Leading Partnerships

The American Education Corporation (AEC) today announced that it released A+(R) LearningLink(TM), a valid and reliable formative online assessment product that measures a student’s existing knowledge, comprehension and mastery of basic skills in reading and mathematics in grades 1-8. This major new product family was developed in a three-way partnership with Metametrics, Inc., Durham, North Carolina and GL Assessment, Ltd., London, UK.

This online assessment capability is calibrated with the Lexile(R) and Quantile(R) Frameworks, which are aligned with state standards and objectives. Test outcomes are processed by GL Assessment’s global server facilities and results are immediately available to educators who can utilize students’ scores to provide them with appropriate reading and mathematics instructional materials and forecast how they will perform on Lexile- and Quantile-aligned tests. Teachers who use AEC’s A+nyWhere Learning System(R) can automatically prescribe interventions from A+ LearningLink and monitor student progress throughout the school year in the integral database and reporting capabilities. Currently, 75 A+nyWhere Learning System courseware titles have Lexile measures and more than 240 mathematics lessons have Quantile measures.

In commenting on this development, Tom Shively, President and Chief Operating Officer, states: “We are excited about this major release as it brings a host of new assessment tools and capabilities to our existing and new customers. Because students’ results are reported on the same Lexile and Quantile scales used by many state and national assessments, educators can better gauge if intervention programs are moving students toward meeting rigorous AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) objectives. In addition, these important assessment capabilities are integrated into one of the industry’s major courseware offerings, providing a seamless solution to assess, immediately inform and instruct in one comprehensive solution. We believe that the A+nyWhere Learning System courseware and A+ LearningLink provide an unbeatable solution and will provide significant additional momentum for this company’s future growth.”

About MetaMetrics Inc.

MetaMetrics Inc., a privately held educational measurement company, develops scientifically based measures of student achievement that link assessment with instruction, foster better educational practices, and improve learning by matching students with materials that meet and challenge their abilities. The Company’s team of psychometricians developed the widely adopted Lexile Framework for Reading ( ); El Sistema Lexile para Leer, the Spanish-language version of the Lexile Framework; The Quantile Framework for Mathematics ( ); and The Lexile Framework for Writing. In addition to licensing Lexile and Quantile measures to state departments of education, testing and instructional companies, and publishers, MetaMetrics delivers professional development, resource measurement and customized consulting services. For more information, visit .

GL Assessment has been providing schools with tests and assessment services for twenty-five years. Renowned for their rigor and high quality, GL Assessment tests are used by over 85% of all UK primary and secondary schools every year. This makes it the UK’s largest independent provider of educational assessments. Originally founded by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), with whom we continue to work today, GL Assessment has been part of the Granada Learning Group since 2000.

GL Assessment has developed a powerful web-based e-assessment portal, Testwise(TM), that delivers tests to over 50,000 students a year. Teachers can choose from a strong list of GL Assessment’s tried and tested assessments, such as CAT3 and the Suffolk Reading Scale, as well as some compelling new ones, notably the QCA Digital Test Bank. GL assessments help individual pupils to identify their strengths and needs and further recommendations are made to address gaps in learning or understanding.

GL Assessment enjoys an established reputation for high-quality assessment resources and services that teachers trust and we strive to create the most involving, dynamic digital and paper assessments for today’s schoolchildren.

About The American Education Corporation

The American Education Corporation is a leading provider of research-based core curriculum instructional software for kindergarten through adult learners. The Company’s courseware is currently in use in over 14,000 public and private K-12 schools, charter schools, colleges, correctional institutions, centers of adult literacy, military education programs, and after-school learning centers. For more information, visit . The Company’s Java-based technology, the A+nyWhere Learning System Versions 3.0 and 4.0 of educational software products, provides for an integrated offering of grade levels 1-12 software for Reading, Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Writing, History, Government, Economics and Geography. In addition, the Company provides assessment testing and instructional content for the General Educational Development (GED) test. All company products are designed to provide for LAN, WAN and Internet delivery options and support Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms. The Company provides a computer adaptive formative assessment testing tools in A+ LearningLink to provide educators with the resources to more effectively use the Company’s curriculum content, which is aligned to important state and national academic standards. A+ Classroom(TM) Student Response Software (A+ Classroom SRS) is a managed whole classroom instructional product aligned to state standards and covers a wide range of K-12 course offerings. Spanish-language versions are available for Mathematics and Language Arts for grade levels 1-8. A+dvancer(TM), the Company’s diagnostic, prescriptive test and online, postsecondary developmental curriculum offering, is aligned to ACCUPLACER On-Line and ACT’s Compass(TM) tests, which are the leading college admissions tests for students requiring developmental support to enroll in full credit secondary coursework in Mathematics, Reading, Algebra and Writing.

ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER On-Line are either trademarks or registered trademarks owned by the College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY. ACT(R) and Compass(TM) are registered trademarks of ACT, Inc., Iowa City, Iowa. Flash(R) is a registered trademark of Macromedia, Inc., San Jose, CA. Lexile(R) and Quantile(R) are registered trademarks of MetaMetrics, Inc., Durham, North Carolina. Testwise(TM) is a trademark of GL Assessment, Ltd., London, UK.

Note: Certain matters discussed above concerning the future performance of the Company are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liabilities established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified as such by words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects” or words of similar import. The future performance of the Company is subject to a number of factors including, but not limited to, general economic conditions, competitive activity and funding available to schools.