I have been doing some research on Pearson. What I have found is deeply disturbing. I have been researching how Pearson scores and in particular how they score writing samples. 1. They make employees sign non disclosure agreements... Scorers too 2. As far as I can tell they keep the scoring parameters fuzzy... They use terms like validity and accuracy... But I doubt they truly have any meaning in Pearson grading criteria... 3. In my opinion if they keep grading or scoring criteria fuzzy it's easier to manipulate passes and fails to meet qouta's... For example I went on to a web page that advertised "work from home" jobs. It had a forum of scorers who work or were trying to get work for Pearson. Mostly stay at home moms. Two seasoned teachers said they were completely confused about how to score and that they could not understand what Pearson's scoring criteria was. Many loyal employees will claim Pearson has a filter test for people who posses special talent in scoring. In other words they believe Pearson is so incredible that only those most talented will pass the special filter test and will be accepted into Pearson's inner exclusive scoring circle. In my opinion it's just a way of bolstering employees belief in Pearsons "special" scoring system. those who will never question Pearson's systems. 4. Pearson has a contract New York dpt of Ed. They can only profit from students who pay for tests. Meaning the more students who fail the more profit they make.