I AM REPOSTING THIS BECAUSE I FORGOT TO ADD THE LINK TO JASON STANFORD’S WEBSITE. JASON IS A GREAT TEXAS BLOGGER WHO HAS THE INSIDE TRACK ON THE POLITICS OF TESTING AND THE BIG MONEY ATTACHED TO IT.
Jason Stanford watches Texas politics closely and has become fascinated with the state’s devotion to high-stakes testing. As he shows in this post, there is plenty of accountability for kids, but none at all for Pearson.
In 2010, Pearson won a $468 million contract to test Texas students. When the legislature decided to reduce mandated high school testing by 67% this year, Pearson cut its budget by less than 2%.
A state audit showed that no one is monitoring what Pearson does or how it spends the state’s money. There is no accountability for Pearson.
As Stanford says, the new state motto might be “Don’t mess with ethics.”