Americans for Educational Testing Reform has a simple mission: to repeal the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status granted to ETS, Collegeboard, and ACT, Inc.

Teacher Watch: ETS Monopoly Continues

From HorseSense and Nonsense:

Educational Testing Service (ETS)–famed (or notorious?) publisher of the AP, SAT, LSAT, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT and most recently the HSEE–has again been granted an exclusive contract to administer the “mammoth” testing program for California students, grades 2-11, through 2008-09. According to ETS estimates, the contract is worth $170 million. The final price has yet to be negotiated.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Why The Folks At ETS Flunked The Course

From Bloomberg Businessweek:

Educational Testing Service has been at the top of its class for decades: The Princeton (N.J.) company administers the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and, since 1954, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). But now, the testing giant’s grades are slipping. On Dec. 12, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the outfit that oversees the internationally accepted B-school entrance exam, said it was severing its ties with ETS. Instead, the GMAC awarded a $200 million, seven-year contract to administer, score, and develop the test to Pearson VUE, a subsidiary of global media giant Pearson PLC, and its subcontractor ACT Inc.

FairTest: College Admissions Testing: The Real Beneficiaries

From FairTest:

The major firms in the U.S. K-12 testing industry are all for-profit companies. But the financial structure of the primary sponsors of college and graduate school admissions tests is superficially different. Companies such as the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the College Entrance Examination Board (College Board), and ACT (formerly American College Testing) are all set up as non-profit, tax exempt entities, allegedly because of their primarily educational missions.

However, a review of the informational tax returns of ETS, the College Board and ACT (public documents for exempt organizations under federal law) indicates that it is hard to tell the difference between the supposed “non profits” and their for-profit cousins. The companies all have substantial end-of-year surpluses, top heavy management, and very well paid executives.

Testing Giant Exceeds Roots, Drawing Business Rivals’ Ire

From The New York Times:

The Educational Testing Service has the trappings of an affluent small college or an adjunct campus of nearby Princeton University in New Jersey. Its lush 360-acre property is dotted with low, tasteful brick buildings, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a private hotel and an impressive home where its president lives rent free. Employees are often referred to as faculty and one in five holds an advanced degree.