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"Funky Monkey" and Pearson Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

John Oliver nailed Pearson on his HBO Last Week Tonight show on Standardized Testing. If you have not seen it yet, clink the link and watch it. I laughed a lot but can't really say I enjoyed the show; it was too disturbing. It won't be funny until companies like Pearson are brought down.

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.

Is NYSUT/AFT Support for NY Opt Out Just the 2013 AFT "Moratorium" Warmed Over?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

What will it take for NYSUT and AFT to break up with intended testing conduit, Common Core?

Louisiana's PARCC Contract- But Not Really

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) does not have a 2015 contract with official Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test vendor, Pearson.

People Are Pissed at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson's only intended result is to make more and more money. That is why so many people are pissed at Pearson and fighting back against Common Core and Pearson PARCC exams.

Test Security Now Means Checking Social Media For Cheaters

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

For the organizations that give standardized tests, it's a common - and common-sense - security measure. But to the growing number of critics of th...

Pearson's Intellectual Property -- Why Is This Even a Thing?

Daniel Katz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Pearson's hyperactive attitude towards test security is disturbing not only because of how it is being enacted without concern of proportion, privacy, and the implications of initiating state level investigations into unremarkable student speech.

NJ Parents and Teachers Say "NO!" to PARCC Common Core Tests

Alan Singer | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The anti-PARCC anti-Common Core coalition may have an unlikely ally. Who thought pro-business Republicans would take on the school testing industry?

Big Data for HR: Does Big Data Take the Human Out of Human Resources?

Anne Loehr | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

I admit I went to this conference expecting the day to be about number crunching. However, Human Capital Analytics is much more than that. What I saw was the great potential in marrying data and humanity to reach talent and organization performance goals.

Arne and Barack Target Schools of Education

Alan Singer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Congress is Republican. ISIS is on the march. Common Core and high-stakes testing are under attack. The Affordable Health Care Act may be torpedoed by the Supreme Court. Arne Duncan and Barack Obama evidently need a softer opponent to pad their legacy. The hapless Knicks were probably not available for a pick-up basketball game.

Pearson Overtakes Saudi Arabian Education System

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.28.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Saudi King Abdullah is adding an extra $21 billion to the Saudi Arabian education budget. Pearson is there -- already -- to dip into those billions.

PARCC Attrition from 2011 to 2014: Not Looking Good for Pearson

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Pearson will not come close to testing even half of the 22 million PARCC students advertised on the PARCC website in February 2014- the time of the above-cited Pearson earnings call. That must be a real bummer for a Pearson CEO with no Plan B.

Pearson and the Assessment Problem

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Pearson's solution to the problems with assessment is NOT less assessment but MORE assessment that is pervasive during the school day as teachers use technology to record in real time the feedback they give students and student progress minute by minute!

Pearson Education Can Run, But It Cannot Hide

Alan Singer | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Bad news for Pearson Education made be good news for the rest of us. The testing and publishing mega-giant is on the run, but it looks like it will not be able to hide.

Around the World in 30 Days -- November 2014

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In November, I continued my conversations with world leaders on the frontiers of education reform. Each of this month's leaders dealt with situations that seemed unmanageable: from entrenched gender stereotypes to impoverished conditions.

The Global Search for Education: What's the News from Pakistan?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Pakistan is not only looking up, with more students completing education programs, but is also showing its own leadership, and thus growing independently from external aid.

Common Core: It Really Is All About the Tests (and Corporate Profits)

Alan Singer | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

Rebecca Klein

Texas Textbook Battle Heats Up With Claims Of Conservative Bias

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

Another battle could be brewing over Texas textbooks, this time because scholars say the proposed lessons distort history. New social studies books...

Pearson: Inside the Belly of a Very Troubled Beast

Alan Singer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson, the publishing mega-giant, is looking more and more like it is vulnerable and its time dominating education in the United States and around the world may be coming to an end.

SCALE and edTPA Fire Back!: Methinks They Doth Protest Too Much

Alan Singer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Beverly Falk, a professor of Early Childhood Education at the City College of New York and the director of its Graduate Program posted a statement defending the Teacher Professional Assessment, better known as edTPA. But there are a few things Dr. Falk neglected to mention in her defense.

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.

How to Pass a Pearson Test or Peeling the Pearson Pineapple

Alan Singer | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson and Common Core are not testing what you know, what you think, or what you can explain. They are testing what you can find in the passage and whether you follow directions.

Why Conservatives Should Hate School Choice

Peter Greene | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Conservatives often claim they are big fans of school choice. I think they're wrong. I don't mean that I want to disagree with them using fluffy progressive liberal arguments. I mean that in the world of conservative values and goals, school choice really doesn't fit. Let me explain.

The "Big Lie" Behind the High-Stakes Testing of Student Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The TPA in edTPA stands for Teacher Performance Assessment. Student teachers in my seminar suggested a better title would is "Torturous Preposterous Abomination," although "Toxic Pearson Affliction" was a close runner-up in the voting.

The Pseudo-Science of Common Core and High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It seems that the more students, teachers, and families express concern about Common Core and high-stakes testing, the more its proponents rush to defend the indefensible with unsubstantiated claims for their wonderfulness.