Petition statement to be delivered to Glen Moreno, Chairman, Pearson, John Fallon, CEO, Pearson, Robin Freestone, Chief Financial Officer, Pearson, David Arculus, Independent Director, Joshua Lewis, Independent Director and 3 other targets (click here to see more)

Pearson: stop "gagging" teachers

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Pearson: stop "gagging" teachers

To be delivered to Glen Moreno, Chairman, Pearson, John Fallon, CEO, Pearson, Robin Freestone, Chief Financial Officer, Pearson, David Arculus, Independent Director, Joshua Lewis, Independent Director and 3 other targets (click here to see more)

Petition Statement

Pearson: Immediately remove the gag orders from current and future testing contracts, and listen to the feedback and concerns of educators who administer your tests.
There are currently 18,384 signatures. NEW goal - We need 20,000 signatures!

Petition Background

Principals and teachers who recently administered Pearson-developed Common Core-related tests in New York have asserted that they are barred from speaking about the test content and its implications for student success because of “gag orders” written into the testing contracts.

These gag orders and the lack of transparency are fueling the growing distrust and backlash among parents, students and educators in the United States about whether the current testing protocols and testing fixation are in the best interests of children.

When parents aren’t allowed to know what is on their children’s tests, and when educators have no voice in how assessments are created, and are forbidden from raising legitimate concerns about the assessments’ quality or from talking to parents about the these concerns, Pearson not only increases distrust of testing but also denies children the rich learning experience they deserve.

Parents, students and teachers need assessments that accurately measure student performance through questions that are grade-appropriate and aligned with state standards—especially since standardized tests have increasingly life-altering consequences for students and teachers. By including gag orders in contracts, Pearson is silencing the very stakeholders the company needs to engage with. Poll after poll makes clear that parents overwhelmingly trust educators over all others to do what is best for their children—educators’ voices, concerns and input should be included in the creation and application of these assessments.

(Read the full letter the AFT delivered to Pearson's board of directors here: http://www.aft.org/pdfs/press/ltr_Randi-Pearson042414.pdf)

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