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.

The Guardian: A history of exam failures

From The Guardian:

Over the past month ETS Europe has not only been handling the biggest crisis in Sats history but also one of the toughest recruitment jobs in finding a new marking director. Senior people at every exam board have been approached. The post, which the company insisted was vacated for reasons entirely unrelated to the marking problems, is not yet filled.


ACT Inc. Board, CEO Paid Higher Than Most Nonprofits

From Diverse Education:

The Iowa City-based nonprofit organization that develops ACT college entrance tests pays its board and its top executive more than almost all other nonprofit organizations in the United States.

ACT Inc. pays its 14-member board of directors about $520,000 a year and its chairman and CEO Richard Ferguson a base salary of about $508,000 annually, according to a copyright story in the Des Moines Sunday Register.

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.