Pearson loses huge testing contract in New York

Jul 10, 2015 by

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The world’s largest education company is facing some setbacks.

There’s more bad news for Pearson, the world’s largest education company and testing behemoth.

The state of New York just announced that it was dropping Pearson as its testing vendor and instead was giving a $44 million, five-year contract to a smaller Minneapolis-based company called Questar Assessment Inc. Under a $32 million contract that ends this December, Pearson developed the Common Core-aligned tests that have been given to New York students for several years and that have sparked repeated complaints by students and educators about the validity of some questions….

There’s more. Pearson is the primary vendor for PARCC, the chief contractor for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia charged with designing new Common Core-aligned exams with some $360 million in federal funds. In 2010, 26 states were aligned with PARCC, but now there fewer than 10 states, with Arkansas and Ohio just dropping out, and Mississippi doing so early this year.

Source: Pearson loses huge testing contract in New York — and gets more bad news – The Washington Post

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