Publishers' Group Examines Common-Core 'Conundrum'

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An industry needs a scorecard to adapt to the of the common core standards' changing political environment. Common Core Pearson Publishing commoncore k12 pearson publishing

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. We’re very confident that our products are aligned to the common core.

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. K-12 Schools Common Core Curriculum Textbook Publishers

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, 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

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, 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 AFT has spent years fighting Pearson over high-stakes testing and other issues. Statements Fly in Pearson-AFT Conflict.

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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.

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. The post Pearson Names New N.

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

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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. Pearson; Merrill, Prentice-Hall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

K-12 Schools - Education News

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. K-12 Schools GED Pearso

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.

Sustainable Development Goals: Writing Journals

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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.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

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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 ! .

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. McGraw-Hill’s Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive PreK-grade 6 Common Core-aligned mathematics program developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.

Virtual Nerd Mobile Math

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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.

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

Steve also addressed any confusion regarding the Common Core State Standards. Since the Common Core is not a federal initiative, it is unaffected by ESSA. In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was implemented, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

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

The Jose Vilson

My bed holds me down and I keep trekking through, not allowing Pearson, Cuomo, Bloomberg, De Blasio, or anyone or anything else hold me down (shout out to Puff and Matthew Wilder ). I usually don’t do this, but this month, I’m going to have a few special guests speak their peace.

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

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.,

GED Testing Service Lowers Passing Score

K-12 Schools - Education News

The company is a partnership made up of the American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson, the largest education company worldwide. After the GED developed a more stringent exam to align with new standards like Common Core, fewer people took the test and fewer passed.

?Open Up Resources Announces First Full Math Curriculum—And Its Plans for Profitability


Authored by nonprofit Illustrative Mathematics, the curriculum covers Common Core standards for grades 6-8 math. The curriculum is published under a Creative Commons license and all digital versions can be downloaded for free. It is also compliant with Common Cartridge standards, which allows the materials to be integrated with most learning management systems used in schools.

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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.

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.

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

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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.