The skinny on Pearson and the Common Core Standards

A shorter version: schools scrambling for money while making Pearson testing very very rich….what is wrong with this picture…?

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From Long Island Business News:

Uncommon Costs

by Claude Solnik

The federal government is barred from creating the curriculum. But the feds set aside $4.35 billion to support the shift to the Common Core curriculum, developed in conjunction with firms such as Pearson that would get big contracts.

New York State was offered $700 million if it implemented Common Core and linked its test results to teacher evaluations.

“They promised money based on acceptance of these standards,” said Estelle Kamler, a professor of educational leadership and administration at LIU Post in Brookville and a former public school superintendent. “Everything was tied to the standards and testing.”

White sees the billions of dollars as “the way the federal government bribed states to adopt the Common Core.”

More than 80,000 students on Long Island and twice that number state-wide gathered in auditoriums, gymnasiums, libraries and classrooms for three days last week –…

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