Common Acronyms Used In Education
AYP – Average Yearly Progress
CCSSI – Common Core State Standards Initiative
CCSSO – Council of Chief State School Officers
DESE –Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – MO state level
DoEd – US Department of Education
ELA – English Language Arts
EPIC – Electronic Privacy Information Center
ESEA – Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965)
LEA – Local Education Agency (school board)
MAP – Missouri Assessment Program
MNEA - MO National Education Association
MOSIS – Missouri Student Information Systems
MSBA – Missouri School Board Association
MSIP- Missouri School Improvement Plan
MSTA – Missouri State Teachers Association
NCLB – No Child Left Behind (2004 revision of ESEA)
Nex Gen Tests – Next Generation computer adaptive tests being developed by SBAC
NGA – National Governors Association
PARCC – Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (like SBAC)
PD – Professional Development (post graduation teacher training arranged by the school district as a term of license retention)
RTTT – Race To The Top (grant program started in 2010 by the DoEd)
SBAC – Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (test developer and collection point for student test data)
Pearson's Plan to Control Education
Quality teaching and learning
Pearson is the provider of the set of rubrics used to assess teacher performance in New York and the provider of the model for teacher evaluation used in Tennessee. In 2006, Pearson bought National Evaluation Systems, the leading provider of customized state assessments for teacher certification in the U.S.
The company scaled up its exposure in this market through an agreement with Stanford University to develop a national licensure procedure which assesses pre-service teacher candidates. More than 25 states and 90 teacher preparation programs have signed on to outsource teacher assessment to Pearson-Stanford.
Flexibility and choice
Pearson is the second-largest operator of virtual schools, achieving this position by purchasing leading player, Connections Education, in September 2011, crossing the line from supporting schools to operating them. The Connections Academy division operates online charter schools in 21 states with 40,000 student-customers.
Learning empowered by technology
Pearson leads the student information systems (SIS) industry because of its purchase of Apple Computer’s PowerSchool and Burnaby, B.C.-based Chancery Software, in 2007
Unfortunately with education these days, everything is about money, and Pearson has found deep pockets in American parents who are easily duped into ever higher spend, er, investing in education. Leveraging their vast earnings to purchase other education companies, Pearson is poised to be a monolithic presence in education.
From the report:
"The company moved decisively into the testing business well before its recent spate of acquisitions. Along with other testing companies, Pearson grew fat feasting on the mandatory testing required under George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind, and fatter still under Barack Obama’s Race to the Top. Pearson became a leader in testing as it did in so many other education businesses, by purchasing industry leaders. It bought National Computer Systems, the leading provider of test-scoring services, for an astonishing $2.5 billion US, in July 2000.5 Several months later George W. Bush was elected president on an education—read “testing”—platform. Just days after the election, a NCS- Pearson executive displayed a quote from Bush calling for state testing and individual school report cards and announced to a ballroom-full of Wall Street analysts, 'This almost reads like our business plan.' In 2007, perhaps anticipating Barack Obama’s reliance on testing as his major education policy, Pearson purchased Harcourt Assessment, one of the two leading producers of tests administered at the state level and owner of the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), for $635 million."
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