Pearson sales drop on weakness in textbook and testing businesses

Publishing group Pearson has said its sales in the third quarter fell after a boom in online learning courses failed to offset steep falls in its textbook and testing businesses.

The FTSE 100 company said its underlying sales fell 10 per cent in the three months to September, following falls in the previous two quarters.

Pearson’s online education business was boosted by the pandemic, with sales jumping 32 per cent in the third quarter. Enrolment in virtual schools increased 41 per cent in the first nine months of 2020.

The company’s other main business groups faltered. Sales at the unit that markets textbooks in the US and Canada fell 15 per cent in the third quarter. Its international unit, which performs an English assessment on behalf of the UK home office as well as other exams, endured a 26 per cent tumble.

John Fallon, Pearson’s chief executive who is set

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Mobile health unit to provide COVID-19 testing across the Lehigh Valley in coming weeks

A mobile site for COVID-19 testing developed for neighborhoods where traditional health care locations aren’t readily accessible will visit locations around the Lehigh Valley over the next few weeks.

The CATE Mobile Response Unit — CATE stands for Community Accessible Testing & Education — was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Highmark Blue Shield, Independence Blue Cross, and Latino Connection.

In collaboration with St. Luke’s University Health Network and other community partners, the unit will conduct COVID-19 testing for people who are showing symptoms or who have been exposed to the pandemic illness, while also educating the public on how to stay healthy and safe.

The unit’s tagline is “Sharing knowledge to erase fear,” which it accomplishes through widespread community health care and health education offered for free and with no insurance required.

CATE’s schedule is as follows:

Allentown (Flu shots also available): Buck Boyle Park, 10 Pump

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New “Testing America’s Freedom” Podcast from NWEA Examines Equity in Education

NWEA, the not-for-profit educational assessment provider, announced today the launch of its new podcast, Testing America’s Freedom. Hosted by Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Partnerships at NWEA, the episodic series explores the role of race and assessment in American public education through thought-provoking interviews with current and future leaders in education.

Testing America’s Freedom delves deep into the lesser-known history of laws and policies that have perpetuated and exacerbated racial inequities within the education system. Samuel and her guests explore topics such as school funding, the importance of diversity in the education workforce, assessment purposes and design, and their link to modern-day systemic racism, discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by these urgent issues.

“The inequities within our public education system do not exist by accident, they are the result of carefully orchestrated policies that used tools like school funding, divestment and testing to perpetuate

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Under shadow of Trump diagnosis, a rundown of education plans, testing

Phil Scott with travel map
Gov. Phil Scott discusses the state’s quarantine requirements for travelers during a press briefing on July 24. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott started his press conference Friday with a call for Vermonters to help one another, saying he understands how stressful and troubling the times are.

Asked about President Donald Trump’s early-morning announcement that he had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, the governor said that his thoughts are with the president, his family, and the many people Trump may have come in contact with recently.

The job loss, larger economic uncertainty, political polarization and continuing health fears of the pandemic have tested Vermonters again and again, the governor said.

“I know this has taken a toll on many,” Scott said. Sometimes it feels as though the nation will never heal, he said. “But we will. Because we’re strong, our institutions are strong, and there’s still so much

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Spending on COVID-19 Testing Now to Save Lives Later

Coronavirus testing has garnered news coverage for being inaccessible and expensive. Yet, although the PCR test, the most common current test, has a high price tag, inadequate testing has a high cost of its own. 

A new study by physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that increased testing could cut by half the number of people who might die from the coronavirus in the future . 

 “There is also a price to not being able to rapidly deploy testing,” said Anne Neilan, MD, MPH, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Neilan is an author of the study, which looked at the importance of expanded testing for COVID-19.

Researchers took data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, information about how COVID-19 has spread, and information about the costs and accuracy of testing, and made a predictive mathematic model, a simulation, of what the future might

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3 ways the pandemic will change education and standardized testing

  • Marcy Daniel is the chief product officer of PowerSchool, a company that provides online learning and software for K-12 education.
  • As a leader in education technology, she predicts there will be three major changes to learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Daniel says there will be a greater emphasis on mastery learning, personalized education, and project-based learning in place of high-stakes testing.
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Anyone who has attended a public school over the past 20 years is familiar with standardized testing. With a No.2 pencil in hand, each student sits for an extended period, neatly filling in bubbles on a variety of questions on the curriculum taught throughout the year. Much of the testing has moved online in recent years, but still requires proctored computer labs and takes several days of classroom time. 

Standardized testing has a long history in the US education

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Global Higher Education Testing and Assessment Market to 2024 – Players Include Mindlogicx, Pearson & Scantron Among Others


3 “Strong Buy” Stocks That Are Flirting With a Bottom

In the investing game, it’s not only about what you buy; it’s about when you buy it. One of the most common pieces of advice thrown around the Street, “buy low” is touted as a tried-and-true tactic.Sure, the strategy seems simple. Stock prices naturally fluctuate on the basis of several factors like earnings results and the macro environment, amongst others, with investors trying to time the market and determine when stocks have hit a bottom. In practice, however, executing on this strategy is no easy task.On top of this, given the volatility that has ruled the markets over the last few weeks, how are investors supposed to gauge when a name is flirting with a bottom? That’s where the Wall Street pros come in.These expert stock pickers have identified three compelling tickers whose current share prices land close to

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Houston Health Department’s COVID-19 antibody testing survey

The Houston Health Department announced a testing survey to understand how many people in the city were previously infected with the coronavirus.

HOUSTON — The Houston Health Department on Wednesday announced a COVID-19 antibody testing survey to better understand the spread of the virus in the city.

The survey, in collaboration with the CDC, Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, will identify people previously infected with COVID-19 by the presence of antibodies, proteins the body’s immune system makes to fight infections. Antibody testing does not replace oral or nasal swab viral testing that looks for current COVID-19 infection.

Dr. David Persse, Houston Health Authority, said teams of HHD employees and and Houston Fire Department paramedics will visit randomly selected homes across the city. These teams will ask household members to answer survey questions and provide a blood sample.

Phase 1 is set to take place Sept. 8 to Sept.

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