Pearson announced this past month that they have lost 90% of TX contract and FL contract for educational assessments. My husband has worked for them for over 8 years. He is trying to get away from the assessment divisions associated with states as there is a lot of political changes in the air that have resulted in Pearson losing contracts to other insufficiently equipped companies for less money. My husband may get laid off before he can flee from the sinking TX ship. But of course since all this is due to mis-informed teachers and educators; Pearson is suffering. The company has been good to my husband and our family. I am proud that my husband works there. It is much better than some places and they have good benefits.
This will soon come to an end Is my guess for about 90% of the staff at the Austin Texas and Iowa offices. Most people are scared and they nor Pearson expected a loss this big. Once the pendulum swings back the other way soon; Texas will be begging for Pearson back; however; I think Pearson will be more cautious this time around so they are not screwed over by politically motivated teachers and TEA. Regardless of what you think of this company; they do what they do best for over 30 years and each and everyone who reads this and is the age 15 or older has most likely taken a test in primary, secondary or college using a Pearson text or test services.
I don't think you should be complaining about them since you obviously have had some form of education with their publishing products. They are primarily a publisher and they are on their way to new technological advances to meet the demand. Beware of these so called "cheaper" companies that can swear to produce a higher quality product at a "cheaper price".. all I can say America is that you get what you paid for.. all the while as our youth go farther behind than other countries.. and btw: Pearson does world-wide assessments so blaming them for poor education is like shooting the messenger. Expect Pearson to downsize starting Sept. 1. 2015 starting with FL, TX and Iowa Offices. I wish all the people who will be laid off the best of luck.