Mercedes Schneider reports the news: Pearson has won the contract for the Common Core test called PARCC.

Remember all the promises about how national standardization would clear the way for competition and innovation?

Why does it look instead like monopolization?

Why are we not surprised?

She writes:

“Here is the reality of “free market competition” in this time of unprecedented education profiteering: A few education/assessment giants will run American public education (and beyond, as some private and parochial schools sell their freedom for access to state or federal tax dollars).

“One of those few is the ubiquitous Pearson.

“CCSS was tailor-made for Pearson. It is quite the love story.

“Pearson is one-stop CCSS shopping, from curriculum, to assessments, to evaluation of teacher training… and Bill Gates has even paid Pearson’s nonprofit to assist with the endeavor.

“Gates’ assistance is apparently paying off; on May 2, 2014, Pearson “landed a major contract… of unprecedented scale” with another nonprofit (a popular way to set up reformer shop), the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).”