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Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 5: What's Wrong with Standardized Testing?

Frank Breslin | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

There are several problems with standardized testing. (1.) Many test questions are flawed: some have no right answer, while others have more than one...

Pearson Reportedly Plans To Sell The Financial Times Newspaper

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Media

British publisher Pearson (PSON.L) has decided to sell the Financial Times newspaper to a global, digital news company, a person familiar with the de...

Pearson Takes Big Hit in Continuing War Over Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Last week Pearson lost its 40 to 50 million dollar contract to provide 3rd through 8th grade Common Core aligned high-stakes tests in New York State.

International Movement to STOP the Pearson Octopus

Alan Singer | Posted 07.08.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson's Chief Executive Officer John Fallon, forced to respond to dissidents, declared his enthusiastic "support free public education for every child around the world." However he did not offer to provide Pearson's educational services for free.

Questor Marketing Research Advises Pearson Investors to SELL

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Sounds like Pearson CEO Fallon should have spent more time on US K-12 Education Plan B at least two years ago. At least.

New York Algebra Teacher Writes Parents About the "Serious Disservice" of CC Tests

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.25.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The following text is from an email that New York parent Scott Strong received from his twins' eighth-grade teacher. It concerns the Pearson-crafted, allegedly Common-Core-aligned algebra exam administered in New York in 2015.

Treating Kids Like Hamburgers, Pearson Exec 'Fesses' Up

Alan Singer | Posted 06.25.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

You can't make this stuff up. On June 23, 2015 the New York Times reported on Pearson mass Common Core grading centers where a college degree but no special knowledge is required to grade tests and temporary employees make between $12 and $14 an hour plus small bonuses if they "hit daily quality and volume targets."

"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 06.10.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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...