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New York State's Bogus Common Core Survey

Alan Singer | Posted 11.18.2015 | New York
Alan Singer

Nowhere can you vote that Common Core Standards aligned with high-stakes testing have undermined education in New York State, stressed out students and teachers, turned curriculum development over to test design companies, and transformed schools into test prep academies.

eTextbooks vs Open Textbooks: The Student Lens

Ethan Senack | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

At the end of the day, don't buy the hype. Traditionally published eTextbooks often aren't all they're cracked up to be. If we want a world where learning materials are actually effective, ac-cessible, and affordable, we need to invest in open textbooks.

Battle in Illinois Over the 'McDonaldization' of Teacher Education

Alan Singer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Just to make sure our children are processed like hamburgers, Pearson is busy using the same "process" to evaluate prospective teachers using a test called the edTPA, or Teacher Performance Assessment.

Smacking Down the Opposition: edTPA Advocacy in Illinois

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

The Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is the new set of evaluations of teacher candidates that is spreading across the country. Packag...

Pearson and Partners Pay in L.A.

Alan Singer | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In April 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced that it was canceling its agreement to install Pearson software on the 40,000 Apple iPads it distributed to students at a cost of $768 each. The entire LAUSD project has been a fiasco from the start.

Education Reform Is Anti-American

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.04.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Despite the documentation provided by Singer, Schneider, Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody and others, charter and school choice propaganda has persuaded millions of Americans that reform is about helping children.

South Africa Teachers Union Denounces Pearson (Always Earning)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Everyone does not agree with Fallon that Pearson's burning desire is "better education." In fact many around the world suspect the company's burning desire is to maximize profits with little regard for its impact on the world's poor.

Judge Rules Latest Pearson/NYSED Test Does Not Discriminate -- So Far

Alan Singer | Posted 08.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

On August 7, 2015 Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the ALST, the latest rendition of the Pearson/New York State Education Department literacy test for teacher certification candidates, does not discriminate against minority group members

Another Pearson Test Fiasco in the Making

Alan Singer | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State and Pearson are on the verge of another testing fiasco. I expect lawsuits to fly as testing rules on edTPA portfolios for teacher certification are changed ex post facto, or after the fact.

Pearson To Sell FT Group, Including Financial Times, To Nikkei For $1.3 billion

AP | Posted 07.23.2015 | Media

LONDON (AP) -- Japanese media company Nikkei Inc. is buying the Financial Times as part of an 844 million-pound ($1.3 billion) deal with Britain's Pea...

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.