Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) Achieves ISO 27001:2013 Certification for Information Security Management

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Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) today announced that it has been awarded ISO 27001:2013 certification for information security management. This certification confirms that all sensitive customer and partner information is secured and managed at the highest level.

“Protecting information is a top priority for DRC, especially in regard to securing high volumes of sensitive information,” said DRC Chief Quality Officer Lisa Peterson-Nelson. “When managing and transmitting private data over the Internet, there are enormous potential consequences if it is not handled properly. Ensuring the safety of that data is integral for the protection of the company, our customers, and our partners.”

ISO 27001:2013 certification means that DRC has been independently verified and awarded the only internationally recognized and most prestigious information security standard available. The independent certification process, conducted by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), required DRC to:

  • Thoroughly evaluate its own information security risks, including the impact of identified threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive set of information security controls and other risk management measures to address security risks within its own infrastructure as well as its corporate environment.
  • Implement an overarching program to ensure that the information security controls meet the information security needs for both DRC and its customers on an ongoing basis.

By implementing the latest 2013 version, DRC’s Information Security Management System is compliant with the latest best practices, controls, and industry standards.

About Data Recognition Corporation

Founded in 1978, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) is a privately held company headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota. DRC is known as the premier provider of technology solutions for large-scale assessment.

DRC is one of the most experienced testing contractors in the nation, serving 20 states and delivering assessments for multi-state consortia. The company is a leader in transitioning states to online testing via its DRC INSIGHT™ Online Learning System. DRC INSIGHT is a secure, powerful online testing engine that supports and enhances the testing experience for students and educators. DRC also offers statewide custom business and summative shelf assessment products, including TerraNova®, LAS Links®, TABE®, and TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ high school equivalency assessment. For more information, visit www.datarecognitioncorp.com.

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Employers: Urgent Changes in High School Equivalency Testing

Employers: A Lot Has Changed in
High School Equivalency Testing

In support of new high school equivalency (HSE) initiatives in your state, we would like to inform you of new testing options available to adults looking to further their educational and career opportunities by earning their high school credential. These changes are important to consider as they will impact the way you recruit and qualify candidates for job placement.

More than two dozen states across the country have already chosen to replace the GED® test, or add additional tests like the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ as options for earning a state-issued high school equivalency certificate. These alternative tests have been approved by the US Department of Education, Office of Career, Technology and Adult Education (OCTAE) and implemented nationwide, to provide more affordable and accessible alternatives to individuals working to earn their HSE credential. Like other HSE tests, the TASC test is a valid and reliable measure of high school equivalency based on the new standards taught in today’s secondary education classrooms.

While the test a job candidate takes to earn their HSE may sound trivial, many businesses are unknowingly disqualifying viable job candidates by requesting that the candidates have a GED. The reality is students earn a HSE credential from their state, not a GED. In support of adult learners, we encourage you to review and change your job applications and job descriptions to require a state high school equivalency credential instead of a GED. Give adults in your community the chance they deserve to make their future career opportunities a reality—regardless of the test they take to earn their HSE.

For additional information on the TASC test please contact:
TASC Test Customer Support
Toll-free telephone: 888.282.0589
Toll-free fax: 877.800.9389
Email: TASCtest_helpdesk@ctb.com

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Program Combines Work & TASC Test Prep For Young Adults to Earn HSE

Program by New York’s Warren County One Stop Career Center & Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES combines work and the TASC test preparation to help young adults earn their high school equivalency.

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Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal names DRC’s CIO John Bandy a 2015 Titan of Technology

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s annual Titans of Technology honors top leads in the Twin Cities technology economy. We’re pleased to announce DRC’s own Chief Information Officer (CIO) is a 2015 Titan of Technology.

Excerpt:
“As CIO of one of the most experienced testing contractors in the nation, John Bandy is used to handling big software challenges, and he takes on industry shifts with ease.

He believes that the key to reducing internal costs, increasing efficijohnency and maintaining a flexible workforce is providing broader technology access, on any device. That perspective is helping to drive change at Data Recognition Corp., including development of more web-based testing software and online testing.”

Read the full article at: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2015/09/18/titans-of-technology-2015-john-bandy.html

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Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) Announces Agreement To Acquire Key Assets of the CTB Assessment Business of McGraw-Hill Education

MINNEAPOLIS, June 30, 2015 — Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a leading provider of educational assessment services, today announced it has agreed to acquire key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. The move will strengthen DRC’s position as a leader in the development and administration of K–12 assessments. It also enables McGraw-Hill Education to focus more squarely on its core mission of improving results for students, educators and professionals by enhancing teaching and learning. The transaction is expected to close today. Its financial terms were not disclosed.

“With the addition of CTB’s products and services, we will continue to broaden the portfolio of assessment solutions we can offer education clients across the country,” said DRC Chief Executive Officer and President Susan Engeleiter. “CTB has a record of more than 85 years of excellence in assessment. It is a leader in norm-referenced and custom state assessment programs, and pioneered successful testing programs in the adult education and language proficiency assessment markets. We are excited about integrating CTB’s products, experience and expertise into our business as the education industry continues to evolve.”

DRC has provided customized, full-service assessment services to the K–12 education market for more than 35 years. The company is known for facilitating the transition to online assessment and delivering innovative, highly reliable technology solutions to state departments of education nationwide. This acquisition will expand DRC’s presence in the United States as CTB serves approximately 8 million students across the country. DRC will acquire CTB’s statewide custom business and summative shelf assessment products, including TerraNova®, LAS Links®, TABE®, and TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ high school equivalency assessment.

“Our mission at McGraw-Hill Education is to improve educational outcomes, and we feel that we’re better positioned to accomplish this by focusing on supporting teaching and learning rather than the summative testing market,” said David Levin, president and chief executive officer of McGraw-Hill Education. “We value the contribution that CTB has made to education, and we are pleased for the business to find such an excellent home at DRC. We’re also excited to continue our work in formative assessment, which we see as key to enhancing instruction and integral to our process of developing personalized and adaptive courseware.”

CTB brings additional expertise to DRC in research, test development and reporting. In the K–12 market, CTB customers include public, private and charter schools, and districts. Both companies are recognized for helping states transition to new college- and career-readiness state standards nationwide.

One of the first U.S. assessment providers to introduce objective, standardized achievement tests to schools, CTB in recent years has developed innovations including web-based assessment and reporting, student response device software and adaptive assessment. While the sale of CTB will represent McGraw-Hill Education’s exit from the summative and shelf testing markets, the company will continue to develop and deliver formative assessments, as these are closely aligned to the company’s K–12 instructional products and services.

The companies have developed a transition plan to ensure that CTB customers will experience a smooth transition into working with DRC on their assessment programs.

About Data Recognition Corporation
Founded in 1978, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) is a privately held company headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota. DRC is one of the most experienced testing contractors in the nation, serving 13 states and delivering assessments for multi-state consortia. The company is a leader in transitioning states to online testing via its DRC INSIGHT™ Online Learning System. DRC INSIGHT is a secure, powerful online testing engine that supports and enhances the testing experience for students and educators. For more information, visit www.datarecognitioncorp.com.

About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals drive results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in nearly 60 languages. Visit us at mheducation.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Media Contacts

Pam Enstad
Data Recognition Corporation
763.268.2487
penstad@datarecognitioncorp.com

Catherine Mathis
McGraw-Hill Education
646.766.2468
catherine.mathis@mheducation.com

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