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The state of Virginia recertified Pearson as an approved school turnaround” consultant in 2013 even though the company had, at best, mixed results with that line of work: Just one of the five Virginia schools that Pearson cited as references improved both its math and reading proficiency rates against the state averages.
The Pearson school model has been led by Anders Hultin, a Swedish educationist who invited controversy in 2009 when, in a previous post at the private education chain Gems, he told Education Guardian that ministers should allow state-funded schools to be run for profit.
While I think it is wonderful that Pearson Education is branching out to homeschoolers and have created a site specifically for the purpose of making it easier for homeschoolers to purchase their products, I find many of their support materials irrelevant to me as a homeschooler.
Across the country, Pearson sold the Los Angeles Unified School District an online curriculum that it described as revolutionary — but that had not yet been completed, much less tested across a large district, before the LAUSD agreed to spend an estimated $135 million on it. Teachers dislike the Pearson lessons and rarely use them, an independent evaluation found.