Publishers' Group Examines Common-Core 'Conundrum'

Marketplace K-12

An industry needs a scorecard to adapt to the of the common core standards' changing political environment. Common Core Pearson Publishing commoncore k12 pearson publishingThe publishers' association tackled that this week. [[[You might try a more straightforward excerpt, because you're trying to round up a lot of things in the blog item]].

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

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Few corporate brand names in education are as recognizable, and as polarizing, as Pearson, the giant education provider whose reach extends to virtual schools, testing, language training and an array of other areas. Many educators these days see Pearson as the embodiment of commercial businesses’ continued push to turn profits from public schools. Pearson officials have been talking about shifting away from being identified as simply a publishing company for years now.


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Textbooks, Curricula Failing to Align with Common Core

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Back in 2010 when Common Core arrived in New York, Cheryl Schafer, a veteran math teacher, soon saw that the materials teachers were given were not what they needed to teach the new national standards. Matt Collette of The Daily Beast writes that even now, the majority of textbooks are not aligned with the national standards and the resulting burden on classroom teachers is huge since their performance is often tied to students’ test scores based on Common Core standards.

What Are the Real Motives Behind the Common Core State Standards? Let's Be Honest with Ourselves!

The 21st Century Principal

Today, there was this post on the Public School Forum of North Carolina website defending the Common Core. That post, entitled "Common Core Standards Will Help NC Meet Its Challenges," was written by Caroline McCullen, the director of education initiatives at SAS which already has a multi-million dollar contract with North Carolina to provide value-added teacher data analysis software for teacher and principal evaluations.

Pearson Loses Out on N.Y. Testing Contract to Questar

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Assessment Common Core Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning Pearson Procurement assessment commoncore technology testingQuestar Assessment Inc., a Minnesota-based company, has won a $44 million contract to handle grade 3-8 testing in New York state.

Pearson, PARCC Criticized for Monitoring Social Media for Test Security

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An alleged effort by New Jersey officials to monitor whether students were sharing information about common-core exams through social media has stirred controversy. Assessment Common Core Ed-tech Pearson Social Media assessment testdelivery

California Approves Disputed Contract for State Testing With ETS

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Assessment Common Core Online Learning Pearson Procurement assessment commoncoreCalifornia state board officials have approved a $240 million assessment contract for ETS, despite complaints from a rival vendor.

The good, the bad, and the ugly of today’s online testing

eSchool News

Next page: How Pearson responded. Featured on eSchool News IT Newsletter Preparing for Common Core Assessments Top News assessments high stakes online testing PARCC Pearson smarter balanced How three different districts fared as they conducted PARCC testing for the first time. When teachers, students, and administrators at Sheridan School District No.

Pearson, AFT Square Off Over Company’s Profits, Focus

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Pearson 1-year stock price chart, New York Stock Exchange, from Morningstar. Pearson 3-month stock price chart, New York Stock Exchange, from Morningstar. The American Federation of Teachers is pressuring Pearson PLC, the global education company, to conduct a business strategy review with an eye to becoming more profitable. The AFT has spent years fighting Pearson over high-stakes testing and other issues. ” Pearson questions the union’s approach.

Assessing the State of the K-12 Testing Market, As Dynamics Shift

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Assessment Common Core Ed-tech Entrepreneurship State Policy classroom formativeassessment parcc pearson smarterbalanced statepolicy statetesting summativetestingMcGraw-Hill Education's recent departure from the world of state testing underscores both the rewards and risks for vendors operating in that high-stakes space.

Farewell, Lecture?


Dr. Mazur is author or co-author of 313 scientific publications, 36 patents, and several books, including the Principles and Practice of Physics (Pearson, 2014), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics. Blended Learning Common Core Standards Creativity and Imagination Education Technology Flipped Classroom Uncategorized alternate instruction Lecture Mazur memorization Science

Tennessee Gives Pearson ‘Emergency’ Test Scoring Contract, Seeks New Vendor

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Pearson has been awarded a contract worth about $18.5 The new seven-month contract with Pearson was finalized using an emergency procurement process after the education department collaborated with the state’s central procurement office, according to a “Frequently Asked Questions” document the department released. Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 Pearson

Posting PARCC exams on social media is copyright infringement

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A storm of criticism recently rained down on test publisher Pearson Education after the revelation that it regularly monitors social-media sites for public posts that contain secure content from standardized tests it publishes. When it finds material from its Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Common Core tests, Pearson notifies state education officials.

British Officials, Pearson Probe Effort to Leak Test Content

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In Great Britain, government officials and their testing contractor, Pearson, are investigating how the answers for a spelling and grammar assessment ended up on a site where they didn’t belong. He said once the government has completed its investigation, it could look at “contractual and other routes to seek redress” for the mishap, presumably from Pearson. The portal allows a marker to score only the tests they are contracted to look at, Pearson said.

Assessing the State of the K-12 Testing Market, As Dynamics Shift

Marketplace K-12

Assessment Common Core Ed-tech Entrepreneurship State Policy classroom formativeassessment parcc pearson smarterbalanced statepolicy statetesting summativetestingMcGraw-Hill Education's recent departure from the world of state testing underscores both the rewards and risks for vendors operating in that high-stakes space.

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

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Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. A Pearson official told EdWeek Market Brief that that company is not yet revealing how many layoffs will be in the United States, or other Pearson markets. Court Hands Major Victory to PARCC, Pearson.

Questar Notches Big Victories With Testing Deals in N.Y., Miss.

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has been the subject of far fewer headlines in recent years than some of the major players in the testing industry, like Pearson, McGraw-Hill Education/CTB, and the Educational Testing Service. Assessment Common Core Ed-tech Online Learning ProcurementQuestar Assessment Inc. But lately, the Twin Cities-based company has.

Pearson Names New N. American President as Stock Plunges on Half-Year Results

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The stock price for Pearson PLC , the world’s largest education business, dropped precipitously Friday after its announcement of a 7 percent decline in underlying sales to about $2.5 Pearson’s stock drops after half-year results are announced. Kevin Capitani has been named president for Pearson, North America. That initiative is on course, with about 3,450 employees notified that they will be leaving, Pearson indicated. The post Pearson Names New N.

The Never-Ending Story: Procedures vs. Understanding in Math

K-12 Schools - Education News

Once the foundational skills of addition and subtraction are in place, alternative strategies such as those suggested in Common Core in the earlier grades may now be introduced. The difference is that in many schools, Common Core has been interpreted and implemented so that students are being given the strategy prior to learning and mastering the foundational procedures. Pearson; Merrill, Prentice-Hall.

New Jersey Considering Automated Grading on PARCC Tests

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While standardized tests in New Jersey will be graded by hand this year, the state is considering using automated scoring for the new Common Core-related exams in the future. The majority of this increase is due to the state’s contract with Pearson Education Inc. K-12 Schools Automated Grading Common Core Grading Software New Jersey Education PARCC

Test Vendors Weigh In On Future of PARCC

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We’re playing a bit of catch-up here, but one of the country’s big consortia of states that sponsors common-core tests, PARCC, recently sought input on how it should reorganize itself to serve states. Some of the best-known testing organizations in the country–Pearson, ACT, ETS, and Measured Progress among them–weighed in with ideas. the Educational Testing Service, Measured Progress, Pearson, and Questar.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

We Give Books is a Pearson Foundation initiative that allows students to read books (no audio) for ages 4-10 years old. Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology Available NOW ! . In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students.

Quick Review of 7 Popular Math Programs

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Students Are Falling ” have become so common, we are almost immune to the message. Pearson’s enVisionMATH Common Core-aligned curriculum develops K-6 students’ understanding of math concepts through problem-based instruction, small-group interaction, and interactive learning with a focus on reasoning and modeling. It teaches concepts as well as memorization and has a Common Core-aligned option.

Updated GED Exams Mean Fewer Test-Takers in Ohio, Pennsylvania

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When the Common Core was adopted by most states, it became necessary for the GED to match up with the new standards. As a result, the GED’s competitors came up with assessments that cost less and incorporated Common Core changes more slowly. Members of the Board of Education voted to seek proposals from other vendors besides Pearson, the British education company that developed the GED Testing Service, along with the non-profit American Council on Education.

Sustainable Development Goals: Writing Journals

User Generated Education

State and National Content Area and Literacy Standards Addressed: Common Core State Standards – ELA. Common Core State Standards – Math. Common Core State Standards Initiative. Common Core State Standards Initiative. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

Virtual Nerd Mobile Math

Technology Tidbits

Virtual Nerd Mobile Math is an excellent free iOS app by education leader Pearson. This is a great Common Core aligned app that allows users to find educational videos, concepts, and tutorials on MS/HS Math. The app has over 1500 easy to follow tutorials and are ideal for students, educators, and parents looking to review fundamental Math concepts in a wide variety of areas. An Android version of the app will be released this coming Fall.

A Shopping List for Mathematics in the Digital Age

Prior to CueThink, Sheela was Project Director at Pearson Education, focusing on technologically innovative assessment items based on Common Core State Standards. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

Steve also addressed any confusion regarding the Common Core State Standards. ESSA did not replace the Common Core State Standards, and although the states are required to have standards, it prohibits the Department of Education from forcing the adoption of a particular set of standards. Since the Common Core is not a federal initiative, it is unaffected by ESSA.

Most Popular of 2015, No. ten: Are digital textbooks worth it?

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As schools move to the Common Core, and Pluto shifts in and out of planetary status, information can be updated on the fly. Craig Herring, the director of Prek-12 curriculum and instruction, explains that they started using some Pearson online textbooks in 2009, back when they were essentially PDF versions of the printed books. Early digital textbook adopters share their pros and cons. note : We’re counting down the top stories of 2015 based on popularity (i.e.

What’s In It For Me? (On Male Teachers of Color) [Guest Post]

The Jose Vilson

These last seven years have been mind-numbingly difficult and the constant changes have taken its toll: Common Core, Charlotte Danielson, differentiation, data-data-data, higher-order, increase rigor, “the tests were too easy”, “the tests are too hard”, “ the tests are missing pages ”, Pearson, Questar, it has become an incredible track of education jargon with failed practices to dodge through constantly.

SimCityEDU sets middle school students to work on a “Pollution Challenge”

Educator Innovator

is intended to act as a powerful teaching tool for educators, integrating learning and assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards in the same experience. Teachers also have access to an online community where they can create, share, and browse lesson plans and instructional ideas that are designed to address Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

GED and other high school equivalency degrees drop by more than 40% nationwide since 2012

The Hechinger Report

All three new tests are more rigorous than the old GED and were designed to mirror the changes in traditional high schools with the introduction of Common Core standards. But Pearson, which co-administers the new GED, and Data Recognition Corp., “This information needs to be publicly disclosed so that we all have a common understanding of what is going on,” he said.

Follett’s Lightbox finds approaches to learning for all teaching styles

The Cornerstone for Teachers

With 120 titles across commonly taught science and social studies concepts, Follett’s Lightbox is directly aligned to Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Council for Social Studies Standards, and selected state standards including TEKS. Mitch Coulter is here today to share how Follett’s new Lightbox tool can you help adapt your instruction for students’ learning styles AND your own unique teaching style.

Can a Test Ever Be Fair? How Today's Standardized Tests Get Made.


Among those who have turned it into a livelihood are tutors, publishers like Pearson and Scholastic and printers. You pick your subject area, let’s say it’s language, and you have a set of standards, like the Common Core standards. The thing is with Common Core, we still have an emphasis on math and language and, to a lesser degree, on science. I’m a supporter of Common Core.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)


The structure of demand created the “Big Three”—McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson. All of these players, new and old, are operating in a stable yet fragmented market, finding product-market fit in school systems’ existing market segments: core, supplemental, and assessment. (I If you bucket all instructional materials—core plus a broad view of “supplemental”—you have an estimated $6 billion instructional materials market.