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Students Hurt by Lack of Competition in Digital Education

Digital education is an $8 billion industry in the United States, dominated by three publishing companies: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill, and Pearson. Neal McCluskey, associate director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, said that dominance creates several problems. “I think the biggest concern is that these online resources are Trojan horses for massive data collection on students, both by companies like Pearson and, even more concerning, governments that will...

Pearson’s History Of Testing Problems

Compiled by Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing Editor’s Note: This timeline shows a range of testing problems for Pearson from the late 90s to the present. Pearson is one of the three largest educational resource companies in the U.S. and the company has also been tasked with creating and in some places administering Common Core tests for the PARCC consortium.   1999-2000 Arizona – 12,000 tests mis-graded due to flawed answer...

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