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September 3, 2018

Seth Sandronsky: Common Core Course Director Sues Pearson Over Bonus Pay

School Reform Lands in Federal Court By Seth Sandronsky Edupreneurs are the new normal of public education. One involved in the writing of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is suing a global corporation in a breach-of-contract case tied to the profits of school assessment, i.e., high-stakes testing of K-12 pupils. Judy Codding, Ph.D., a […]

June 17, 2017

Pearson Botches Mississippi Testing [Again]; Mississippi Immediately Severs Contract

Education and testing mammoth Pearson has an established history in botching high-stakes testing. Pearson did it again, in Mississippi. According to the Associated Press (AP), Mississippi canceled its contract with the testing giant after Pearson fessed up to mixing up scoring tables for an exam that now has approximately 1,000 Mississippi students either graduating when […]

January 18, 2017

Pearson Stock Falls 30 Percent; Worst Day Since 1986

Three years ago, in 2014, education and publishing mammoth Pearson expected to make a killing on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I wrote about Pearson’s CCSS profit expectations in this post based upon Pearson’s February 2014 earnings call. I noted that when one market analyst pressed for an alternative plan of action in case CCSS […]

September 2, 2016

Pearson Gets Bad Press for Its “Unaligned” Common Core ELA Materials

Where there is Common Core, there will be publishers marketing “Common Core aligned” materials. And, as one might expect, there will be organizations ready to grade the alignment of those marketed, Common-Core-aligned materials. Turns out that Pearson, a company that counted on profits generated by America’s Common Core situation, did not fare well at all […]

March 24, 2016

Pearson and TFA: Both Making Cuts; Both Spinning Similar Language

In January 2016, Pearson announced that it would be cutting 4,000 jobs (roughly ten percent of its workforce) in a the second “restructuring” (a euphemistic term that never means a company is doing well) under its current CEO, John Fallon. Pearson profits have taken a hit for three of the past four years. In February 2016, Teach […]

January 21, 2016

Pearson Cuts 10 Percent of Its Workforce– (Possibly) Including Its CEO

Addendum 01-21-16, 12 noon CST: In the post below, I assumed that Pearson CEO John Fallon had been fired. It seems that Fallon has not been terminated but that his job is uncertain. ___________________________________________________________________________________ In Pearson’s February 2014 earnings call, CEO John Fallon and and CFO Robin Freestone were clearly counting on the Common Core […]

December 20, 2015

Pearson Stock at Its Lowest Since 2009

According to NASDAQ, on December 18, 2015, Pearson (PLC) stock closed at $11.06 per share– its lowest since the effect of the financial crisis of 2008. Pearson was last at around $11 per share in the summer of 2009. Pearson stock flux per share over 2015: (Click images to enlarge) Pearson stock flux per share over […]

October 8, 2015

Pearson President Responds to My WP Common Core Dilemma Excerpt

In my book, Common Core Dilemma–Who Owns Schools?, I have a chapter on London-based mega-company, Pearson. On September 23, 2015, Washington Post education writer Valerie Strauss featured an excerpt from that chapter. Readers are able to view Strauss’ post on her blog, “The Answer Sheet,” by clicking here. On October 08, 2015, the president of Pearson North America, Don […]

September 27, 2015

Pearson CEO John Fallon Wants to Win America Over.

In my book, Common Core Dilemma–Who Owns Schools?, I have a chapter on London-based mega-company, Pearson. The chapter includes details from Pearson’s February 2014 earnings call, which shows Pearson’s plans to rake in the bucks from Common Core and associated testing as Pearson “embeds” itself into American education like a fat tick latches onto the skin […]

June 30, 2015

Questor Marketing Research Advises Pearson Investors to SELL

In May 2014, I wrote a post about Pearson’s February 2014 earnings call, in which Pearson CEO John Fallon spoke with market analysts about Pearson’s education investments. Here is an excerpt from that post: One of the analysts (Whittaker) raises the question of Pearson’s dependence upon 2015 CCSS implementation for future profits. Fallon uses editorials on […]