MicroStrategy selected by NWEA for comprehensive student assessment program

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 8, 2005 -- MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced that Northwest Evaluation Association, (NWEA), a national non-profit organization partnering in education to help all children learn, has selected the MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform(TM). MicroStrategy will support NWEA's partnership with more than 1,600 school districts for assessment and data- driven decision making to help school districts attain their student achievement goals. NWEA works with nearly 10 percent of the K-12 public school districts in the country.

NWEA selected MicroStrategy to maximize the information that schools and districts can derive from assessment and curriculum data. Currently more than 2 million students participate in NWEA's assessment program that adapts to the student's ability, measures what a child knows and needs to learn, and measures academic growth over time.

NWEA expects more than 100,000 education professionals to use NWEA's MicroStrategy-based reporting and analysis applications to make decisions to enhance the learning experience.

"After an extensive evaluation of competitive products, we found MicroStrategy's technology was the best fit to help us achieve our goals to improve learning for every student," said NWEA Executive Director Allan Olson. "We are pleased to have MicroStrategy as our long-term partner."

"MicroStrategy's Business Intelligence Platform proved superior in its technical capabilities, flexibility, and data and user scalability," said Michael Patterson, NWEA's Vice President of Technology. "We were impressed by MicroStrategy's user-friendly reporting features, integrated platform, and zero-footprint Web-interface. This sets the stage for all school districts, large and small, to have equal and affordable access to the knowledge found in data about student learning across time."

"MicroStrategy is proud to support NWEA's student assessment program," said MicroStrategy COO Sanju Bansal. "Visionary leaders in the education industry, like NWEA, recognize the role that business intelligence can play in improving educational effectiveness for all students."

About NWEA

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping all children learn. NWEA provides research-based educational growth measures, professional training, and consulting services to improve teaching and learning. Partnering with school districts, states, and other education organizations, NWEA delivers computerized assessment services to more than 1,600 education agencies and more than 2 million students. Additionally, its Growth Research Database, the most extensive collection of student growth data in the country, provides a rich opportunity for the study of academic achievement. For more information about NWEA, visit

About MicroStrategy

Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its advanced technical capabilities, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. More information about MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is available at

MicroStrategy and MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform are trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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