MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 13, 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the Ascension Parish School Board in Donaldsonville, La., to implement, train and support the Assessment Solutions Promoting Instruction Reflection and Evidence (ASPIRE) of Learning System.

The ASPIRE Assessment System focuses on formative assessment. Formative assessment is the process of evaluating students during the learning process to help ensure learning and close the achievement gap, allowing teachers and schools to focus on areas where students need help. The Northrop Grumman-developed system provides teachers with immediate feedback on student learning to help refine their instructional practice and target students in need of intervention.

"Northrop Grumman has been dedicated to the rebuilding of Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina, and the ASPIRE Assessment System is a great way for us to provide the youth of the area with the best possible opportunities to succeed," said Mark Scheffel, director, business process solutions of Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector's Civilian Agencies Group (CAG). "ASPIRE will prepare students for the competitive global economy so that our nation can remain at the cutting edge for years to come."

The four-year contract is the first ASPIRE contract in the state of Louisiana. Northrop Grumman is working with an educational teammate, Educators for Academic Excellence (e4ae), Fairfax, Va., on this contract. Work on the contract will take place in Donaldsonville, La.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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