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About ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools.

Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

At nonprofit ETS, our mission is to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide. We help teachers teach, students learn, and parents measure the educational and intellectual progress of their children. We do this by

- Listening to educators, parents and critics
- Learning what students and their institutions need
- Leading in the development of new and innovative products and services

Our Mission: To advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services. Our products and services measure knowledge and skills, promote learning and educational performance, and support education and professional development for all people worldwide.

Our Vision: To be recognized as the global leader in providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related products and services to help individuals, parents, teachers, educational institutions, businesses, governments, countries, states, and school districts, as well as measurement specialists and researchers.

Our Values: Social responsibility, equity, opportunity, and quality We practice these values by listening to educators, parents and critics. We learn what students and the institutions they attend need. We lead in the development of products and services to help teachers teach, students learn, and parents measure the intellectual progress of their children.

Who We Are

More than 2,500 employees work at ETS's offices throughout the United States and the world.

Of these, more than 1,100 of our professional staff have training and expertise in education, psychology, statistics, psychometrics, computer sciences, sociology, and the humanities. Six hundred have advanced degrees, and 250 hold doctorates.

Today, our experts in research and assessment help educators around the world find new ways to advance learning through innovative assessments.

We are:

  • Test developers
  • Statisticians and psychometricians
  • Leaders in developing performance assessment
  • Experts in global assessment
  • Researchers
  • Education policy specialists

What We Do

ETS is an innovative organization that provides a range of products and services to advance learning worldwide. We are uniquely qualified to design, develop and implement customized assessment systems and support services tailored to meet the needs of clients and test takers internationally.

Our activities and products fall into five broad areas of expertise

  • Research
  • Assessment development
  • Test administration
  • Test scoring
  • Instructional products and services

Our Heritage

ETS was founded in 1947 when the American Council on Education, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the College Entrance Examination Board contributed their testing programs, a portion of their assets, and key employees to form Educational Testing Service under the leadership of Henry Chauncey.

In creating the organization, ETS's founders brought to life a concept proposed a decade earlier by Harvard University President James Conant. Conant's belief was that a single organization devoted to educational research and assessment could make fundamental contributions to the progress of education in the United States.

Expanding our mission

Nearly 60 years later, this independent, nonprofit organization has expanded that objective to include learners worldwide. Today, ETS is known for maintaining its commitment to sound research, advancing learning, and increasing opportunities for students internationally.

The ETS heritage is rooted in the concepts and principles in which our founders believed. These concepts and principles guide us today.

Our Locations

ETS maintains offices in the United States and around the world, each devoted to fulfilling our mission of advancing learning worldwide. From our Government Relations Group in Washington, D.C. to the headquarters of our Elementary & Secondary Education Division in San Antonio, Texas, the company employs more than 2,500 employees. By browsing the links below,  you'll learn about each regional office's unique role and principal projects. You'll also find contact information and directions. For information about our international subsidiaries, please visit ETS Global.

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