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This Los Angeles School District Program Has Major Glitches

Reuters | By Alex Dobuzinskis | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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.

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.

A Look Ahead at 2014 in Education Reform

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Comedy
Steve Nelson

Governor Rick Perry misses the press conference. His staff reports that he was still trying to '...figure out what all these numbers mean' and that he hadn't been able to get his hair ready in time.

Advice to the New Mayor: Ignore The New York Times

Alan Singer | Posted 02.19.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

In a recent editorial, The New York Times offered Bill de Blasio their advice on educational policy. My advice to the new mayor who takes office on January 1, 2014 and the new School Chancellor is to ignore The New York Times as much as possible.

It's Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas, Too

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

There's ample evidence that state officials have put the lazy in laissez faire when it comes to providing effective oversight of Pearson's massive contract.

Pearson Caught Cheating, Says Sorry, But Will Pay

Alan Singer | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

I do not understand why Pearson for-profit and the Pearson Foundation do not face criminal charges and why New York State will continue to do business with a foundation and a company that admitted under pressure, to have violated state law.

Professors Aren't So Different (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.21.2013 | College

Professors aren't so different from the regular populace when it comes to their views on social media. Just over 70 percent used social media in t...

Problems With Pearson's Student Teacher Evaluation System -- It's Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Hofstra University administrators recently received access to closed online edTPA material with sample teaching videos in different subject areas, but these were also unevaluated so again I could only guess at how they were rated.

LA Students Outfox Apple, Pearson and School Board

Alan Singer | Posted 11.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Alan Singer

It turns out students in Los Angeles really are smarter than school board members and two of Americans largest and most powerful corporations.

Cyber Schools: What the FAQ? A Union Goon's Tea Party Question Reveals New British Taxation

Kevin Walsh | Posted 08.31.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally published by Kevin in his blog, MyMediaDiary.com. If Columbus explored as much as the Detroit Free Press, he'd have neve...

What Does a Common Core/Danielson Lesson Plan Look Like?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Is Common Core required? Are teachers being evaluated based on Common Core? What does a Common Core/Danielson lesson plan look like? The answers to these questions are both simple and complicated.

Do These Tests Have Educational Value?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

The new Common Core Standards tests are really being used as weapons against teachers and schools to force them to adopt questionable but expensive curriculum being marketed by test prep companies that seem to have enormous influence over politicians.

No Test-maker Left Behind

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.