Wonderlic Joins US Department of Education in Reviewing Federal Aid Eligibility Requirements

November 16, 2009 – Libertyville, IL – Wonderlic, Inc., the leading provider of student and employment assessment and evaluation solutions, is the sole Ability to Benefit (ATB) test publisher to be granted a seat on the US Department of Education’s Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Negotiated Rulemaking Team.

In an August 2009 report released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), it was noted that millions of dollars in Title IV funding have been provided to ineligible students as a direct result of weak supervision.

Chris Young, Wonderlic’s Director of Research and Development Operations, attended the Department of Education’s Program Integrity Meeting held October 2-5, 2009, in part to aid the Department in establishing more stringent requirements for the management of ATB testing.

“The existing oversight of both the Independent Test Administrators (ITAs) and test publishers is insufficient,” declares Mr. Young. “Without more frequent monitoring of test results, errors and irregularities can occur at an unacceptable rate.”

Since the establishment of the current regulations in 1996, Wonderlic has continuously improved upon their own internal protocols, allowing easier identification of testing anomalies, and making it possible to review test administrators more often than the existing 3-year schedule as required by law.

Today, Wonderlic continues to raise the bar, incorporating new methodologies into their testing procedure that outpace existing Federal regulations. In addition to developing systems for reviewing ITAs on a more frequent basis, their ATB program includes practices such as a more stringent certification process, annual recertification requirements, an automated process for controlling applicant retesting, and the creation of a test process that is easy to administer, thus providing more accurate student assessments.

“We are very pleased that Wonderlic was permitted the opportunity to present our process to the committee,” Mr. Young states. “Understanding that these problems can be minimized, and how it can be done, is a vital step in ensuring the ATB program meets its objectives.”

Schools that rely on Wonderlic tools for their ATB program are well-positioned to benefit from the stringent compliance measures already in place, and as the DOE Rulemaking Team moves forward with new regulations in the early part of 2010, Wonderlic will be an integral part of the planning process.

About Wonderlic
Wonderlic, Inc. is the leading provider of on-demand student and employee recruiting, selection and retention solutions that enable employers and schools to optimize their ability to select, place, manage and retain talent. Since 1937, Wonderlic has over 50,000 clients across more than 60 industries with solutions to help pre-qualify over 150 million job candidates and students.

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