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The Night Before the ELA Test

Julie Slotnik Sturm | Posted 04.02.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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.

Are Schools of Education Why Children Don't Learn? Reclaiming the Conversation on Education

Alan Singer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Alan Singer

I will not defend every school of education and every professor that works there, but I know we are not "the problem" with education in the United States.

'Life Is Not a Bubble Test'

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Education should not be a partisan issue, and opposition to high-stakes testing has certainly become bi-partisan. But a partisan solution might be the only way to get there.

Hoax Letter Sent To Schools Encourages Parents To Opt Out Of Testing

DNAinfo | Posted 06.06.2013 | New York

BROOKLYN — Rebecca Herz was relieved to receive a letter from the principal of Prospect Height's P.S. 9 letting parents know they could opt their ki...

Common Core: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Common Core standard needs to be separated from the push by publishers to sell for material, the high-stakes testing of children, and from the evaluation of teachers.

Latest Pearson Problem: Its Test Centers

Alan Singer | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

According to Inside Higher Education, Pearson VUE, which operates a worldwide network of testing centers for various professional exams, "has been experiencing significant technical problems."

Enough is Enough -- Pearson Education Fails the Test Again and Again

Alan Singer | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The relationship between New York City, New York State, and Pearson Education must end. Other states and municipalities should reconsider their relationship with Pearson as well. This company and its testing regime have not earned the right to work in American schools.

In Birthplace of High-stakes Testing, Lawmakers Turn on Its Godfather

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Nowhere is the movement against high-stakes testing as strong as it is in Texas where all this started. Now, 86 percent of the state's school boards have adopted resolutions opposing the over-reliance on high-stakes testing.

Pearson and the Atlanta School Mess

Alan Singer | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

How did Pearson, which claims to have checkpoints "built into the process to ensure consistent progress in achieving school improvement goals," attempt to establish the validity of the Atlanta school district's claims for off-the-charts improvement on test scores before taking credit for the results?