Pearson is a publishing and technology company that provides educational materials, technologies and assessment services to schools and corporations—as well as directly to students. Pearson publishes across the curriculum under a range of imprints that include: Financial Times Press, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison–Wesley, and Benjamin Cummings.
Pearson is part of Pearson PLC, which also owns Penguin Books and the Financial Times. It was created in 1998 when Pearson PLC purchased the education division of Simon & Schuster from Viacom and merged it with its own education division, Addison–Wesley Longman to form Pearson Education. Pearson Education was rebranded to Pearson in 2011, and split into an International and a North American division.