Who We Are
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research.
ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® General and Subject Tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations worldwide.
In addition to assessments, we conduct educational research, analysis and policy studies and develop a variety of customized services and products for teacher certification, English language learning and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education.
ETS serves individual students, their parents, educational institutions and government agencies. 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
More than 3,200 employees work at ETS's offices throughout the United States and the world. Of these, more than 2,300 of our professional staff have training and expertise in education, psychology, statistics, psychometrics, computer sciences, sociology and the humanities. Almost 1,000 have advanced degrees, and 390 hold doctorates. 1,150 employees support ETS's wholly owned subsidiary Prometric™.
Today, our experts in research and assessment help individuals, educators and government agencies around the world find new ways to advance learning through customized, innovative assessment solutions.
- Test developers
- Statisticians and psychometricians
- Leaders in developing performance assessments
- Experts in global assessment
- Education policy specialists
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 a number of key employees to form an independent nonprofit organization under the leadership of Henry Chauncey.
In creating ETS, our 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.
In the more than 60 years since ETS was founded, we have expanded our focus to include learners worldwide. Today, ETS is known for its commitment to sound research, advancing learning and increasing opportunities for students internationally.
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.
Kurt Landgraf, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, ETS (2000–2013)
ETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years.