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Crony Corporatism: Common Core is a windfall for the world's largest textbook publisher

Washington Post:

Pearson, the largest education company in the world, which already has numerous contracts with states for testing and materials, just won a whopper: a contract with one of the two multi-state consortia that are designing new Core-aligned tests with federal funds.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is hiring Pearson, according to a news release, to develop test items and forms, deliver paper and online versions of tests, consult with states to come up with cut scores that determine what is a good score and what isn’t, report results to various constituencies, and analyze the scores.

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Any big textbook publisher would have got this deal

Pearson (now also owns Prentice-Hall as well) and Glencoe are 2 big textbook publishers that you will find in the public schools (I am a public high school math teacher).

NO MATTER WHICH textbook company would have got the bid for Common Core (I am sure Glencoe is aligning to Common Core as well), they would have been awarded A VERY LARGE contract. So there is probably no conspiracy story here.

Pearson is the vampire squid

Pearson is the vampire squid of education.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

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