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The End of EPGY--Or, One Fewer Common Core Escape Route

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

A few years ago, the students at the local elementary school took an exam for admission to EPGY, a math enrichment program run by Stanford University. Our son earned admission and has subsequently worked independently on online math assignments and met monthly with other students in the program.

Teacher Certification SNAFU: Judge Rules NYS Exams are Racially Biased

Alan Singer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

There is no foolproof way to evaluate prospective teachers or anybody else for that matter. People have bad hair days and perform below expectation. Life also interferes with work and sometimes people do not develop as expected.

The Fallacy Behind High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Whether you call it Valued-Added (VAM), Accountability, or Assessment, testing is not about learning. It is about sorting kids out, punishing teachers, schools, and communities, and denying deeper social inequality and injustice.

New Challenges to Pearson Teacher Certification Exams

Alan Singer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York State Board of Regents has charged that Pearson's teacher certification exams lack adequate field-testing and proof of either reliability (consistent results) or validity (evidence they test skills they claim to test).

John Oliver Explains Everything That's Wrong With Standardized Testing

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.04.2015 | Comedy

There's one issue that has united parents, teachers and students alike in anger and outrage: standardized testing. As those tests have become an i...

Teaching History the Pearson Way

Alan Singer | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson promotes Common Core and Common Core creates markets for Pearson. Teaching history the Pearson way means teaching it the Common Core way, without any meaningful content. The text, no matter how inaccurate or misleading, rules. Myth replaces history.

"(Ya Got) Trouble" at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson is in trouble and needs to rebuild U.S. Learning Services because it is not a high-performing organization. Remaining employees are ordered to "focus on our markets, our learners, and the ecosystem we belong to," but never, at least not according to this memo, on the quality of Pearson education products...

Pearson and Testing Buddies Try to Shut the Barn Door (But the Info Is Already Out)

Alan Singer | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Educational decisions should not be about what is best for students, what is most important to know, or what promotes active citizenship in democratic societies. Decisions are made based on what is easiest to test, digitize, and outsource.

Let's Rank Everybody

Alan Singer | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Arne Duncan are very excited about using data collection for teachers and Schools of Education. Here are my recommendations for ranking other professions and people as well.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

This Los Angeles School District Program Has Major Glitches

Reuters | By Alex Dobuzinskis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Technology

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles pu...

Pearson and the L.A. School's iPad Project - Time to Tell the Truth

Alan Singer | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Does the communication between Pearson representatives and L.A. school officials prior to the issuing of and RDF and the role of Pearson representatives in helping to design the call for proposals constitute illegal collusion?

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Our Students. Their Moment. My A**!

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

The bureaucrats charged with implementing the Common Core dodge the flak from right and left, pointing out that the Common Core is a set of common standards, not a prescribed curriculum. This defense, while limitedly accurate, is irrelevant. The problem with the Common Core is that it drives bad education.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

Education Reform: A National Delusion

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.

Why Pearson Tests Our Kids

Alan Singer | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

For all its claims about efficacy, Pearson is not a very efficient company. For all its claims about valuing education, the only thing Pearson appears to value is profit.

Take Yourself To Work Every Day!

April Rudin | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
April Rudin

The entire notion of a "personal self" vs. a "work self" - with clear boundaries in between - is fading. There will inevitably be spillover. Research and experience have shown that when employees have opportunities to express who they really are in the workplace, everyone benefits.

Education in the 'Twilight Zone'

Arnold Dodge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Designing a plan without the leadership of those who know the system best is more like misanthropy than philanthropy. For those who tell me they want to assist our schools, I will not sign on until I know educators are at the center of the decision making.

The Night Before the ELA Test

Julie Slotnik Sturm | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Julie Slotnik Sturm

There are many things I don't like about the THE TEST. I don't like that, in an effort to develop critical thinking and writing skills, every piece of my son's writing (and those of his peers) now include the words "for example" and "subsequently."

Joy Resmovits

Blind Students Promised Fair Access To Common Core Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Just five weeks after a New Milford, N.J., family filed a federal lawsuit, a major standardized-testing consortium tasked with writing exams tied to t...

Pearson for Profit: You Do the Math

Alan Singer | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

If enVisionMATH is adopted nationally, how much money does Pearson stand to make? And is this program even effective?

Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K... Testing

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.

Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

Beware! Pearson's Plan for Education Is Coming to a Country Near You

Alan Singer | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

An examination of the Pearson publishing mega-giant's plan to control public education in Great Britain makes clear, the greatest threat to local initiatives in public education may be from powerful global corporations.