Pearson Hellas

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for School and Careers (PARCC) is a set of checks covering math and English. The attempt to impose a corporate sponsored customary assessment on pre-service lecturers is one more instance of the corporatization of public schooling and the surveillance, silencing and demands for obedience that accompany it. Following our report of March 24, Mike Winerip ran an article that introduced the scholars’ resistance to readers of the New York Instances.

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Barbara, Amy and Rachel inform the story of the push for the development of a national teacher efficiency assessment (TPA) for scholar lecturers, the infiltration of Pearson Inc into the distribution and scoring of the assessment, and the implications of these for public teacher training, teacher improvement, privacy and confidentiality, and how we understand what it means to teach.

Alan Singer, writing at Huffington ( Pearson Training Can Run, But It Can not Conceal ), reports that Pearson Education is closing its foundation, is beneath investigation by the FBI for potential insider dealings within the Los Angeles John Deasy/iPad scandal, that the company is being sued by former employees for wrongful termination and that its PARCC exams are losing prospects.