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NCS Wins Contract with ETS for NAEP 2000 for U.S. Department of Education

Minneapolis, MN, March 23, 1999 — National Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NLCS) (NCS) announced today that it was recently awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), through a subcontract with Educational Testing Service (ETS), for a variety test preparation and scoring services for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).1 This $23 million agreement is representative of the excellent relationship NCS and ETS have developed from their first NAEP contract signed in 1989.

For this five-year, three-cycle contract, NCS will perform test booklet printing, packaging /distribution, receipt control, processing and professional scoring services for 1.1 million of this nation’s students.

NAEP, also known as The Nation’s Report Card, is a congressionally mandated project of the U.S. Department of Education. It is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of America's students’ performance in a variety of subject areas. Since 1969, NAEP assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, history, geography, and other fields. This new contract will conduct assessments in mathematics, science, reading, writing, history, and geography.

David W. Smith, President of NCS’ Assessments and Testing Services Division commented on this agreement. “We are very pleased to be continuing our excellent relationship with ETS in service to the U.S. Department of Education. NCS is uniquely positioned to provide a high level of accuracy and service in large scale data collection projects such as the NAEP assessment.”

NCS is a global information services company providing software, services and systems for the collection, management and interpretation of data. NCS (www.ncs.com) serves important segments of the education, testing and assessments, and complex data management markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, NCS has over 3,700 employees in more than 30 locations across North America, Europe and Australia.

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1The work reported herein was supported under the Educational Research and Development Centers Program PR/Award No. #R902F980001 administered by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education.
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