Our commitment to transparency is unparalleled in the commercial education sector. Because Pearson is dedicated to earning learners’ trust, we chose to have our reports audited and reviewed by third parties.
Pearson enlists professional services firm PwC to carry out third-party audits on all of our efficacy reports, our efficacy statements, and our efficacy reporting framework. Their independent assurance includes tests of controls over the design and execution of research studies, reviews of the data integrity and statistical conclusions, and assessment of the distillation of those studies into efficacy statements.
A team of researchers from SRI Education with expertise in study design and quantitative methodology performed an independent review of Pearson’s research and efficacy statements relating to the use of the product and its impact on learners and learning.
First, the team helped Pearson codify its research quality criteria into tiered levels of evidence to reflect best practices in the field. Criteria for these tiered levels of evidence drew both from the tiered evidence levels in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the 2006 American Educational Research Association's Standards for Reporting on Empirical Social Science Research.
Then the team assessed whether Pearson’s analyses, technical reporting, and associated efficacy statements complied with these research quality criteria. This year’s reviews applied Pearson’s comparative levels of evidence, which draw from ESSA’s “promising” level of evidence, and correlational level of evidence, which adopt the standards for studies that do not include a comparison group.